Specific legislation under the authority of the Minister of Health includes:
Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act
The purpose of the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act is to reduce the number of youth accessing tobacco products and e-cigarettes by limiting the age of purchase to 19 years and above, as well as to de-normalize tobacco and e-cigarettes by prohibiting the display and advertisement of these products.
On June 10th, 2021, Bills 55 and 63 were passed in the Legislative Assembly to amend the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act. As such:
Effective September 1st, 2021:
- Flavoured e-cigarettes, except for tobacco flavour, will no longer be permitted to be sold.
- Flavoured substances, except for tobacco flavour, meant to be added to e-cigarettes will no longer be permitted to be sold.
Effective April 1st, 2022:
- Operators of vapour shops, defined as a place in which the primary business conducted is the sale of e-cigarettes, will require a licence. Additional details can be found here: Bill 55
Effective January 1, 2016, the sale of flavoured tobacco, including menthol, is not permitted in New Brunswick.
On June 5, 2015, Bill 57 was passed in the Legislative Assembly to amend the Tobacco Sales Act. This Act is now called the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act and encompasses both tobacco and electronic cigarette products.
Effective July 1, 2015, some of the changes were as follows:
- The sale of e-cigarettes and e-juices to people under 19 years of age is not allowed and these products must be hidden from sight.
- Smoking supplies (rolling papers, blunt wraps, cigarette tubes and filters, cigarette holders and pipes) cannot be sold to people under 19 years of age or be placed on display.
- No one under the age of 19 may enter a vapour shop unless accompanied by an adult.
- Most requirements for posting health warning signage have been eliminated.
- Outdoor advertisement by tobacconists and vapour shops is not permitted and promotional material inside these shops must not be seen from the outside.
- Restrictions on promotional materials that presently apply to tobacco in other retail shops will now also apply to electronic cigarettes and smoking supplies.
The Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act was changed because:
- We need to protect youth from the harmful effects of using tobacco and from nicotine addiction.
- We need to protect youth from products which are attractive to them and / or perceived as low health risks.
While the Department of Health oversees the administration of the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act, enforcement is the responsibility of the Department of Justice and Public Safety.