This week South Africa‘s smokers and non-smokers took part
in a heated debate as Dr Aaron Motsoaledi is proposing to tighten the country’s smoking laws.
This is what they had to say:
Gina Moolman : I am a
smoker and am pissed off for the following reason: Stop looking at the smokers. Look
at the crime in this country. Bring back the death penalty.
Lenette Venter: I am all for tighter smoking restrictions to
force uncaring smokers to be more considerate and responsible. It may be a personal and private health
issue, but with long term economical, medical and social consequences. Nobody operates in isolation. Both my neighbours (on either side) smoke
outside in the front and back yards.
The stench comes over the boundary walls (1.6m) and even in
through my open windows closest to the fence.
How far away is air pollution affecting/detrimental to other people
around a smoker? Have tests been done to
establish a safe distance? Or is it a
matter of if you can smell it, it will affect you adversely? Most annoying to run and close windows to
prevent people I cannot even see, from polluting the bedrooms.
Glynis Tomsett: Yes, smokers pollute clean air. Am sick and tired of walking through a smoke
haze at entrances to buildings and where I work! People smoke just outside
doorways not right. Impose heavy fines and find ways to enforce this please.
Beverley-Anne : This
is not acceptable - maybe the minister should worry more about the crime, rape,
theft, and murder and random killings in South Africa. In addition what about the drugs that are
being sold here openly and freely that is killing people and children.
But hey that is OK as I am sure they are getting a kick back
from the drug dealers. Watch the police
how they collect money from the drug dealers each week. But how silly of me, of course hard core
drugs are ok.