People will not be allowed to smoke in cars
transporting children and restaurants will no longer be able to reserve space
for smokers, according to a new Bill.
The long-promised Control of Tobacco
Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill was finally published last week
for public comment.
Health warnings on cigarette packs
The Bill outlaws smoking in all public
“enclosed spaces” including corridors and stairways, smoking in private cars
transporting children and homes the run crèches.
In addition, it proposes that cigarettes be
sold in plain packaging and that the health warnings on packs contain pictures
of what smoking can do to the human body, known as “graphic warning”.
The Bill also aims to control “electronic
delivery systems” – including vapour-releasing electronic cigarettes and
heat-not-burn devices that heat up tobacco. These were not covered by earlier
Savera Kalideen, executive director of the
National Council Against Smoking, welcomed the Bill, saying it that was “a very
strong public statement”.
“There has been a slight increase in
smoking and the Bill will help to stem this increase, particularly among young
people and young women,” said Kalideen.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about
e-cigarettes, which were not regulated by smoking laws because they don’t
Surveys estimate that between 18 and 22% of South Africans smoke – a significant decrease from 1992 when around
32% of people smoked.
The public has until 9 August to comment on
the Bill and comments can be emailed to Health Department Director Lynne
Moeng-Mahlangu at email@example.com
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