The now infamous bill 90, the first e-cigarette related provincial bill to be affected in Canada was ultimately amended to reduce the potential issues for vape shops in Nova Scotia.
The main aim of bill 90 was against tobacco, and ultimately they had a number of acts toward flavoured tobacco, effectively banning its sale. They had snuck in a caveat adding e-cigarettes to tobacco cigarettes, and attempted initially to place them both in the same light.
Fortunately due to the protest of vapors and vaping advocates in Nova Scotia, several amendments were added to the final bill which assisted in reducing the difficutlies vape shops woudl have if the bill passed as originally written. They amended e-juice/e-liquid out of the restrictions, so that vape shops could continue to sell falvoursd e-liquid. The second ammendment was to allow vape shops to continue to sell and display e-cigarettes, as long as they restrict customers to 19+.
Here is a list of the amendments made to the bill:
The following changes made to tobacco legislation last fall will also be effective May 31, 2015:
Under the Smoke-free Places Act, e-cigarettes and waterpipes will not be used in indoor public places or workplaces in Nova Scotia.
Under the Tobacco Access Act, vendors will have to treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes:
- keep them out of view, unless the store sells only e-cigarettes and minors are not permitted entry
- no point-of-sale promotion
- no signage or advertising outside the store
- no selling to minors (youth under 19)
- no selling in pharmacies and other places where tobacco sales are prohibited
Adult Nova Scotians (19 and older) will continue to have access to e-cigarettes from most current vendors.
While e-cigarettes are being treated like regular cigarettes in retail settings, they will not be taxed as a tobacco product.