Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says Parliament needs to rectify its protocol on illicit tobacco trading, as part of its efforts to amend South African smoking laws, to bring them in line with the World Health Organisation's guidelines.
Motsoaledi is attending the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town.
Stakeholders are meeting to discuss the challenges they face in implementing effective tobacco restrictions in their countries.
Parliament must immediately rectify the protocol on illicit trade because we are one of the countries outstanding, we are in that process, so that we can trace any tobacco packaging that exists in the market. We can trace it to know where it comes from so that if it is illicit, it can be removed from the market.— Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister
There should not be any space where we allow public smoking, so one of the things we want to do is to remove that.— Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister
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