Government oversees stricter anti-tobacco laws and restricts e-cigarette usage, as the new smoking regulations are intended to not be treated the way like regular cigarettes. On the World No Tobacco Day 2018, Foster Mohale, the spokesperson from the department of health reported the same.
The draft has been approved recently by Cabinet, ‘Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill’, asking public for comments and feedback on the bill. it intends a ban on smoking while being in any of the public buildings and 10 meters of nearby outside area of those buildings, a pictorial health warning on plain packaging and banning to smoke in private cars with passengers seating inside.
Health department spokesperson, Foster Mohale stated that, “One should note that the Bill is citing policy statements. If promulgated, new regulations relating to different aspects such as smoking in public places, display of tobacco products and packaging and labelling will be developed.”
Stretching the smoking definition, the new regulations also comprise e-cigarettes, electronic delivery systems as well as heat-not-burn tobacco products. The recently released global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco smoking 2000-2025 by the World Health Organization indicates that more than 7 million people die each year because of tobacco smoking.
WHO’s representative of South Africa, Dr Rufaro Chatora said in a statement that, “South Africa is to be congratulated on a comprehensive tobacco control bill designed to effectively regulate existing tobacco products, as well as novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products, which shows leadership in implementing global best practice to address the tobacco epidemic.”
Brenda Ryu is a reporter for Island Daily Tribune. After graduating from University of Prince Edward Island, Brenda got an internship at CBC News Atlantic and worked as a reporter and sound producer. Brenda has also worked as a reporter for Huff Post Canada. Brenda h covers entertainment and community events for Island Daily Tribune.