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Government to introduce stricter anti-smoking rules in SA

Approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet in 2018, the bill aims to comprehensively prohibit smoking in public places.

Government to introduce stricter anti-smoking rules in SA

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The Department of Health is pushing forward on a draft bill in an effort to get more stringent anti-smoking laws passed.

Bill aims

Approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet in 2018, the bill aims to comprehensively prohibit smoking in public places.

This includes:

• Workplaces

• Any enclosed spaces where children are present

• Private dwellings used for certain commercial activities; and

• Some outdoor public spaces

The bill also aims to regulate the use, marketing and sales of e-cigarettes or vapes in South Africa, with these products currently operating in a legislative vacuum.

Tobacco companies have already slammed the proposed changes, citing a poor public consultation process and the damage the Bill will do to the industry.

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