Government will consult with Nova Scotians on whether certain flavours should be exempt from a ban on flavoured tobacco and e-cigarette juice.
The ban was proposed as part of Bill 60 which amends the province’s tobacco legislation. To allow for consultation, all references to flavour were removed from the bill today, Nov. 5, in a meeting of the Law Amendments Committee.
“After reviewing the materials presented to the government at law amendments, it is clear we need further consultation,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Our consultation will focus on products and flavours targeted at youth.”
Consultations will be completed within a year. They will include meetings with interested groups, and a chance for the public to contribute.
Bill 60 still includes changes to the Smoke-free Places Act prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places.
It also includes changes to the Tobacco Access Act making it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors, and restricting vendors from displaying, advertising or promoting e-cigarettes. Shops selling only e-cigarettes and that do not allow minors to enter would be allowed to display products inside the store.
It was also decided at the Law Amendments Committee meeting the changes will come into effect May 31, 2015.