Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Inspection, Compliance and Enforcement

Smoke-free Places Act

patios The Smoke-free Places Act requires that all indoor workplaces and public places be smoke-free. The Act also requires all outdoor licensed areas and patios of all restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms and cabarets to be smoke-free.

Total Smoking Ban

No smoking is permitted in the following enclosed places:

  • daycare, pre-schoolschool, community college or university (also, no smoking on school grounds)
  • library, art gallery or museum
  • health-care facility
  • cinema or theatre
  • video arcade, pool hall, billiards room
  • recreational facility where the primary activity is physical recreation, including a bowling alley, fitness centre, gymnasium, pool or rink
  • multi-service centre, community centre/hall, arena, fire hall or church hall
  • meeting or conference room or hall, ballroom or conference centre
  • retail shop, boutique, market, store or shopping mall
  • laundromat
  • ferry, ferry terminal, bus, bus station or shelter
  • taxi, taxi shelter, limousine or vehicle carrying passengers for hire
  • common area of a commercial building or multi-unit residential building, including but not limited to corridors, lobbies, stairwells, elevators, escalators, escalators, eating areas, washrooms and restrooms
  • restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms, private clubs, cabarets, clubs or other places licensed to serve alcoholic beverages including outdoor areas and patios
  • bingos
  • a casino complex
  • a facility as defined in the Hospitals Act 
  • offices of the Government of the Province, a municipality, a village or a school board
  • provincial jail, detention centre, or reformatory

Smoking in vehicles

An amendment to the Smoke-free Places Act prohibits smoking in a motor vehicle with passengers under the age of 19. This legislation is binding regardless of whether any window, sunroof, cartop, door, or other feature of the vehicle is open.

Read: Amendment to the Smoke-free Places Act.

Remember, when you smoke, everyone else around you smokes.

Nursing home or residential care facility

Nursing home or residential care facility or a part of a health-care facility used for the acute or long-term care of veterans:

  • Designated smoking rooms are permitted
  • must be enclosed and separately ventilated
  • only residents are permitted
  • signs must be posted at the entrance

Building entrances

  • no smoking within 4 metres of windows, air intake vents and entrances to places of employment.

Tobacco Possession by Youth

  • no youth under the age of 19 may possess tobacco
  • tobacco possession is not an offence, however, peace officers with reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a person under 19 may be in possession of tobacco may confiscate tobacco.

If you have any questions specific to the Smoke-free Places Act please call 1-800-565-3611.