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E-cigarettes – a healthier option to smoking?

esig2Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke increases your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases including heart disease. To address this risk, government and community partners joined forces, developing and launching a provincial tobacco control strategy in 2001. As a result of this collaborative and comprehensive approach, there was a significant reduction in tobacco use in this province.

Today *18.1 per cent of Nova Scotians smoke, down from *20.8 per cent in 2010 and 33 per cent in the early 1990s. These efforts are paying off, but a realization that the work was not complete prompted the development and launch of a renewed tobacco control strategy in 2011. Towards a Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia identifies a number of directions and priorities to build on previous success. Continued commitment is also necessary as new tobacco-related nicotine delivery products are being developed and marketed - among them, e-cigarettes.

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*prevalence of Nova Scotians who smoke, published in the Tobacco Use in Canada 2013.

Special thanks to the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association I Smoking and Health Action Foundation for granting CCNS permission to use content and a diagram of an e-cigarette from their bulletin, The Buzz on E-Cigarettes: March 2012. This bulletin is available at  

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