The following is a summary that is meant as a guide to assist in placing campaigns related to tobacco advertising. It is recommended that the official legislation and legal counsel be consulted before undertaking or accepting any advertising to ensure legal obligations and interpretations are accurate.
Tobacco law is governed federally however provinces and municipalities may enact their own bylaws. Where there is a conflict between a provision of federal Act and a provision of a provincial bylaw that regulates, restricts or prohibits smoking, the more restrictive provision prevails. In most cases provincial statutes do not address general media advertising but detail from the corresponding Act follows for your information.
Governed by the Nova Scotia Tobacco Access Act
- No person shall display or permit the display of any sign or material promoting or advertising the sale of or otherwise respecting tobacco or tobacco products.
- No person reference to general advertising or OOH specifically is detailed. Federal regulations should be followed.
For the complete Tobacco Access Act, visit:
Amendments current as of March 2016
Date of OMAC update: January 2017