August 7, 2014 2:40 pm

E-cigarette legislation coming this fall: N.S. health minister

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s health minister Leo Glavine says the grey area surrounding where electronic cigarettes can be used in the province is concerning.

“Even if I wasn’t the health minister, I’m concerned about that as a citizen,” he said.

Glavine’s comment were in response to a story by Global News about the confusion surrounding e-cigarette rules.

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The province does not currently have legislation on e-cigarettes, meaning it’s up to establishments, such as schools, restaurants and other public places, to make up and enforce their own rules.

The Smoke Free Places Act only covers devices containing tobacco, which e-cigarettes do not contain.

Like cigarettes, however, e-cigarettes do contain nicotine.

Glavine said he had hoped to introduce legislation this past spring but was unable to. He is now looking towards the fall session.

“One of the reactions we’ve been hearing from Nova Scotians is the fact, whether it’s smoke of vapour when they’re in a restaurant, when they’re in any kind of public place they don’t want to be revisited by that kind of environment,” he said.

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