Consultations on a proposed ban on flavored tobacco and e-cigarette juices will begin next month.
In November, the Liberal government introduced a bill that would, among other things, institute a ban on all flavored tobacco and e-juices with an exemption for menthol. But just a few days after introducing the legislation, the Grits gutted it in the face of criticism about a lack of consultation, removing all flavored product bans.
Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine promised at the time to consult with interested parties and bring in a second piece of legislation in time for the spring sitting. A news release from Glavine’s department Wednesday said the government would get information from public and online submissions.
“Focus groups will be held to gather input from youth (and) facilitated meetings will be held with health partners, Nova Scotia-based e-cigarette vendors and Nova Scotia-based small business organizations representing tobacco vendors,” according to the release.
Glavine has said he intends for the new flavored ban legislation to come into effect May 31, the day the original piece of legislation banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and the use of the devices in public is scheduled to take effect.
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