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In the Media
- IOL — Government is coming after your ‘skyfs’: What you need to know about the new Tobacco Bill
- BusinessTech — New smoking and vape laws for South Africa – deadline extended
- DFA — The Tobacco Bill will close more small business and destroy countless jobs
- IOL — Tobacco industry raises serious concerns about proposed regulations
- BusinessDay — Tobacco bill will further entrench illegal trade, stakeholders say
- News24 — ‘Final straw’: Proposed smoking laws could push us out of SA, says BAT
- EWN — TOBACCO SECTOR OPPOSES NEW BILL, SAYS IT ‘STOPS JUST SHORT OF PROHIBITION’
- BusinessTech — New deadline for smoking and vape laws in South Africa
- IOL — The Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill: A disaster in waiting
- Mail&Guardian — The tobacco bill violates human rights
- EWN — TOBACCO INDUSTRY FEARS MORE REGULATION WILL COST JOBS, STRENGTHEN BLACK MARKET
- TimesLIVE — ‘Harm reduction is the way, not sin tax’ – tobacco industry on new bill
- Parliament of SA — COMMITTEE ON HEALTH WELCOMES BRIEFING ON TOBACCO AND ELECTRONIC DELIVERY SYSTEMS CONTROL BILL
Parliament will mark World No Tobacco Day by deliberating on the Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill. The theme for this year is – “We need food, not tobacco.” Professor Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, director of the National Council Against Smoking and Head of the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria speaks to eNCA
Cabinet has given the green light for The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill to be submitted in parliament. If the new bill comes into play, smoking indoors, in a car or at home in the presence of a non-smoker will be illegal. Specialist scientist at The South African Medical Research Council Dr Catherine Egbe unpacks this.
The recent lifting of the ban on tobacco and related products was a win for the industry and an even bigger one for consumers. However, a bigger battle looms – as the government has accelerated the promulgation of the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill (2018). With the accelerated promulgation of the Bill, health organisations and anti-tobacco lobbyists are magnifying the harms associated with smoking – without factoring in products such as electronic vapour products (EVPs). To provide a different perspective on the various stakeholders in the industry we are joined by Dr Delon Human, co-chair of Africa Harm Reduction Alliance and Kurt Yeo, a consumer advocate.
Government says the new smoking bill is an important health intervention. The Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill seek to ban indoor smoking, it bans the sale of cigarettes at vending machines and introduces plain packaging and graphic warnings. For the first time, it includes measures to regulate vaping or e-cigarettes. The bill was formally tabled in parliament by health minister Joe Phaahla last week. To discuss we’re joined by National Health Department Director, Dr Lynn Moeng-Mahlangu.