Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
1 minute read
1 Jun 2021
6:33 am

Government coming for your smokes again

Brian Sokutu

Described by the tobacco industry as detrimental to the South African economy, the new Bill seeks to ban outdoor smoking in public areas.

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In what is likely to lead to a legal showdown with the multi-billion-rand tobacco industry, government and organs of civil society have launched a fierce opposition to smoking. This endorses the acceleration of the parliamentary passage of the proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill into law. ALSO READ: Figures of illicit trade ‘alarming’ Described by the tobacco industry as detrimental to the South African economy, the Bill seeks to: Introduce plain cigarette packaging. Remove designated smoking areas in restaurants. Ban outdoor smoking in public areas. Ban retailers displaying cigarettes and vending machines. Regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco...