Legislation introduced today, April 17, will ban the sale of flavoured tobacco in Nova Scotia, including menthol, with minor exceptions. “The health and safety of Nova Scotians, especially our youth, is our number one priority,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We are banning the sale of flavoured tobacco to discourage a culture of tobacco use among Nova Scotians and protect their health.” The ban will include flavoured papers for rolling tobacco, and flavoured tobacco products that are not smoked, such as chewing tobacco and snuff. The regulations will exempt the following: “While we still have concerns about e-cigarettes and e-juice, we agree with stakeholders that further regulation of these products should be done nationally by the federal government,” said Mr. Glavine. “We strongly encourage our federal partners to take swift action.” The Department of Health and Wellness consulted with tobacco and e-cigarette vendors, health groups, youth and the public on flavoured tobacco and e-cigarettes from January to March. The information gathered helped determine government’s direction on the products. A report of the consultation results is available on the department’s website. “We applaud government for this courageous legislation, which positions Nova Scotia as nationwide leaders in tobacco control,” said Barbara Stead-Coyle, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division. “We look forward to supporting government as this important bill proceeds through the legislative process.” The legislation will come into effect May 31, at the same time as last fall’s legislation that prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places, bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and restricts display and promotion in stores where minors are allowed. More information about changes to the province’s tobacco legislation is available at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/healthy-communities/tobacco-act-amendments.asp . port, rum, wine and whiskey flavoured cigars that weigh five grams or more and cost $4 or more e-cigarettes and e-juice FOR BROADCAST ONLY: Legislation introduced today (April 17th) will ban the sale of flavoured tobacco in Nova Scotia, including menthol, with minor exceptions. E-cigarettes, e-juice and certain cigars will be exempted. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says banning the sale of flavoured tobacco will discourage a culture of tobacco use among Nova Scotians, especially young people, and protect their health. He says there are still concerns about e-cigarettes and e- juice and he encourages the federal government to take swift action to regulate these products nationally. The legislation will come into effect May 31st, the same time as legislation that prohibits using e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places and bans the sale of e- cigarettes to minors. -30-
Rabat – Nezha Skalli, a Moroccan MP from the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) and a former Minister of Solidarity and Women, said that criminalizing sexual relationships out of wedlock would cause the majority of young people to end up in prison.Speaking to news website Alyaoum24, Nezha Skalli criticized the new draft law of the proposed amendments to the Penal Code. She raised questions of philosophical vision and whether the bill is even constitutional.“Everyone has been waiting for this new project to bring a new philosophical vision that is in line with the new constitution and international conventions, but it came with the same provisions that prevailed during the seventies at a time when Morocco was away from the current human rights situation,” she told Alyaoum24. Skalli’s comments put her directly at odds with her leftist party, a member of the governmental coalition led by the conservative party of Justice and Development (PJD).She said that if the draft authors want to regulate these relationships and reduce them, they must provide young people with tax exemptions and jobs so they can get married.“How is it possible not to provide for a young man the necessary means to lead a normal life and at the same time prevent him from enjoying his natural rights,” she added.The Moroccan government has been getting an earful of criticism about the new draft of proposed amendments to the Penal Code.The introduced draft law, if adopted, would make rape, sexual harassment and sexual relations out of wedlock criminal offences.Article 490 of Morocco’s current penal code stipulates that sex outside marriage is punishable by up to one year in prison.In 2007, a study conducted by the health ministry found that 36 per cent of young Moroccan men had had sexual relationship out of wedlock, while the percentage of unmarried young women who had lost their virginity stood at 15 per cent.