In New Brunswick, private member’s bill 63 of Liberal health critic Jean-Claude D’Amours received third reading on Thursday June 10. The bill includes a ban on flavoured e-cigarettes (other than tobacco flavour) and will come into force on Sept. 1, 2021. Second reading and third reading of Bill 63 was conducted by a voice vote, and there were no apparent votes against the bill at the second reading or third reading votes. Bill 63, An Act to Amend the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act, can be seen here:
The private member’s bill of Jean-Claude D’Amours had originally been introduced on Nov. 18, 2020, as Bill 17, An Act to Amend the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act. Bill 17 also had a ban on flavours in e-cigarettes other than tobacco flavour. Bill 17 received second reading on May 20, 2021, and was considered in committee on May 27. During committee, the government was advancing a number of technical amendments. However, consideration of these amendments was put on pause. Instead of Bill 17 advancing further, Jean-Claude D’Amours re-introduced his private member’s bill as Bill 63 on June 1, 2021, with amendments, and with no longer a need for the government to introduce amendments. Bill 63 received second reading on June 3, and was considered in committee on June 4. In committee, a proposed amendment to exempt mint and menthol flavours from the flavour ban was introduced by People’s Alliance leader Kris Austen, but this proposed amendment in committee was defeated. Bill 63 then went on to receive third reading on June 10 as originally introduced and without amendment.
Bill 17 can be seen here:
Bill 55, An Act to Amend the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act, a government bill that received first reading on May 11, 2021, received third reading on June 9, 2021. The bill requires specialty vape stores to have a retail licence and will come into force on January 4, 2022. This licensing requirement is not intended to apply all stores selling e-cigarettes, such as convenience stores, on the stated basis that stores that also sell tobacco products are already required to have a provincial tobacco retail licence. (Nova Scotia requires stores selling both tobacco products and e-cigarettes to pay a separate licence fee for each.) Bill 55 can be seen here: