04 February 2010

What is the law regarding smoking in South Africa?

  • In all public venues and on public transport, maximum 25% of the space can be designated a smoking area.
  • That area needs to be physically isolated from the rest of the interior i.e. it needs to be enclosed and the smoky air vented to the exterior of the building. Smoking is also illegal in "partially enclosed" public places e.g. covered patios.
  • The maximum fine for the owner of a venue that breaches smoking laws is R50 000, and R500 for an individual smoker. No person under 18 is allowed in a designated smoking area.
  • Smoking is illegal on premises, including private homes, used for commercial childcare or for schooling. Smoking is illegal in a vehicle where a child under age 12 is present.

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