Tobacco and the Law

Tobacco and the Law

Tobacco Control and Smoke-Free Places Act

The Tobacco Control and Smoke-Free Places Act is the main law in Nunavut that tells us where tobacco can be used, who can buy it and restricts how retailers sell it.

  • It is meant to protect the health of Nunavummiut and ensure that public places and workplaces are free from tobacco use.

Under the Tobacco Control and Smoke-Free Places Act, it is against the law to:

  • Sell tobacco products (including cigarettes) to anyone under 19 years old.
  • Supply (give/trade) tobacco products to anyone under 19 years old.
  • Sell single cigarettes.
  • Sell tobacco products if you do not have a Tobacco Retailer Permit.
  • Smoke within nine metres of entrances to public buildings and work places.
  • Smoke on the grounds of health centres, schools, daycares and playgrounds.

In addition to territorial laws, there are federal tobacco laws that impact tobacco use and sales in Nunavut. The main one is called the Canada Tobacco Act.

  • It mandates health warnings on cigarette packaging, details how big these health warnings must be and puts restrictions on advertising tobacco products.

 

Tobacco Control and Smoke-Free Places Act

Canada Tobacco and Vaping Products

Tobacco Enforcement and Compliance Program

The Tobacco Enforcement and Compliance Program ensures that all tobacco retailers in Nunavut are in compliance with the Nunavut Tobacco Control and Smoke-Free Places Act (TCSFPA) and its regulations.

The program involves two areas for action:

Education and Outreach:

All tobacco retailers in possession of a Tobacco Retailer Permit registered through the Department of Finance receive an education and outreach visit and a Tobacco Retailer Toolkit from a Tobacco Inspector.

Tobacco Inspections:

Formalized tobacco inspections to ensure that tobacco retailers and their employees are in compliance with the TCSFPA.

This includes making sure that:

  • Employees are checking ID and not selling tobacco to people younger than 19.
  • The store has a tobacco policy.
  • All employees receive training before selling tobacco.
  • Retailers monitor their employees.
  • Proper signage is in place.

Tobacco Inspectors:

Tobacco Inspectors' roles include public education, conducting inspections of tobacco retailers to ensure compliance with the Tobacco Control and Smoke-Free Places Act and its regulations, as well as responding to complaints from the public.

 

Region: Qikiqtaaluk

Greg Thibault
Tobacco Inspector
Arctic Bay / Cape Dorset / Iqaluit / Kimmirut
Phone: (867) 975-4815
Fax: (867) 975-4833
Cell: (867) 222-0978
Email: gthibault@gov.nu.ca
Azreer Gill
Tobacco Inspector
Grise Fiord / Iqaluit / Resolute Bay
Phone: (867) 975-4817
Fax: (867) 975-4833
Cell: (867) 222-0163
Email: agill@gov.nu.ca
Shannon McNabb
Tobacco Inspector
Clyde River / Hall Beach / Igloolik / Pangnirtung / Pond Inlet / Qikiqtarjuaq
Phone: (867) 473-2676
Fax: (867) 473-2657
Cell: (867) 222-1995
Email: smcnabb@gov.nu.ca

 

Region: Kivalliq

Gary Nelson
Tobacco Inspector
Rankin Inlet / Baker Lake / Chesterfield Inlet / Coral Harbour / Naujaat / Sanikiluaq / Whale Cove / Arviat
Phone: (867) 645-8071
Fax: (867) 645-8272
Cell: (867) 645-0407
Email: gnelson@gov.nu.ca

 

Region: Kitikmeot

Tobacco Inspector
Cambridge Bay / Gjoa Haven / Kugluktuk / Taloyoak / Kugaaruk
Phone: (867) 983-4236
Fax: (867) 983-4193
Cell: (867) 983-5259

 

Region: Government of Nunavut

Wanda Joy
Environmental Health Specialist
Iqaluit
Phone: (867) 975-5782
Fax: (867) 975-5755
Cell: (867) 222-2373
Email: wjoy@gov.nu.ca
Michele LeBlanc-Havard
Environmental Health Specialist
Iqaluit
Phone: (867) 975-5943
Fax: (867) 975-5755
Cell: (867) 222-0256
Email: mleblanc-havard@gov.nu.ca
Kristy Ste Marie
Tobacco Reduction Program Manager
Iqaluit
Phone: (867) 975-5787
Fax: (867) 979-8648