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SA is Headed for a Showdown with Tobacco Companies

This over proposed legislation that introduces stringent new antismoking rules and regulates e-cigarettes for the first time. The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill was formally tabled in parliament by health minister Joe Phaahla last week. It proposes greater restrictions on smoking in public places, introduces plain packaging and picture warnings, bans vending machine sales, prohibits point of sale advertising, and for the first time regulates e-cigarettes and other new generation products in much the same way as tobacco. Despite strong evidence that tobacco kills, nearly 30% of SA’s population older than 15 years either smoke or use smokeless tobacco products, the GATS SA survey shows.