Bill 40: Smoking Control and Reduction Act and Bill 41: Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act

Bill 40: Smoking Control and Reduction Act and Bill 41: Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act have been introduced in the Legislative Assembly. These Bills intend to protect the public, particularly children and youth, from a variety of second-hand smoke exposure and vaping effluent, and align the NWT with increasing tobacco and vapour product control measures taking place in other provinces and territories.

The Department of Health and Social Services published a discussion paper and sought public feedback on updated tobacco legislation from December 2016 to March 2017. In addition, the Government of the Northwest Territories conducted a survey and held public engagement in the summer of 2017 on cannabis smoking. The Department would like to thank residents for providing their feedback which has helped shape this new legislation.

Before the legislation comes into force, the Standing Committee on Social Development will examine the Bills in detail. The Committee has the opportunity to engage the public and recommend amendments as part of their review. There will be opportunities to comment on the Bills as part of this process.

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