The Department of Health has officially released its Draft Tobacco Bill for public comment.
Among the proposals - banning smoking in certain public spaces and the removal of all signage on cigarette packaging aside from the brand name and warning stickers.
The bill also seeks to regulate electronic smoking, with the possible introduction of a ban of vaping inside.
It's a health reason. You don't want to expose people to second hand and third-hand smoke. It's just a public health risk.— Peter Ucko, CEO of the Tobacco, Alcohol and Gambling Advisory, Advocacy and Action Group
Let's call a spade a spade and not a shovel. It's not just a cloud of smoke, it's a dense cloud of toxic chemicals that are dangerous to public health.— Peter Ucko, CEO of the Tobacco, Alcohol and Gambling Advisory, Advocacy and Action Group
However, Co-Founder of the Africa Harm Reduction Alliance Dr Kgosi Letlape says vaping should not be banned.
In other markets like the UK, vaping is considered to be useful and they are advocating for the e-cigarette to be prescribed by doctors to smokers who can't quit.— Dr Kgosi Letlape, Co-Founder of the Africa Harm Reduction Alliance
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