Cigarette possession becomes illegal in Nova Scotia for under 19s
- By: David Spurgeon
On 1 January it became illegal for people under the age of 19 in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia to possess or smoke cigarettes. Young people caught with cigarettes by police will not be charged or fined, but police will be authorised to confiscate the cigarettes.
The province's Act to Protect Young Persons and Other Persons from Tobacco Smoke is one of Canada's most extensive tobacco laws. British Columbia, Newfoundland, and Labrador have also enacted antismoking regulations.
Nova Scotia's new act is controversial, with even committed antismoking groups criticising the way it is trying to protect youth. Smoke-Free Nova Scotia--a coalition of individuals, organisations, and professional associations that advocates a complete ban on smoking in the province--said: “Making tobacco use and possession illegal for people under 19 may make smoking even more attractive for some young people. This type of law is of questionable value. From 1908 to 1993,