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Cabinet green lights tighter tobacco laws (including e-cigarettes)

30 April 2018 1:56 PM
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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi explains why the new regulations on tobacco are fair by global standards.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi says the new regulations on tobacco are not strict. Following the International conference on tobacco and health in February 2018, many speakers complained that South Africa was far behind in terms of anti-tobacco smoking around the world, he adds.

SA is ranked number 145 out of 205 countries meaning the other countries are far more advanced in controlling tobacco than we are doing in SA.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister

According to Motsoaledi the new tobacco regulations will also apply to e-cigarettes.

When the tobacco legislation was enacted, e-cigarettes were not yet there. The manufacturers of e-cigarettes state that anything that appears in the legislation does not apply to them. The argument of the World Health Organisation framework convention on tobacco control is that e-cigarettes must be classified as cigarettes. So, whatever legislation is put against cigarettes must apply to e-cigarettes.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Health minister

Listen to Health Mminister Aaron Motsoaledi explaining why they are unapologetic about these new tobacco regulations:


30 April 2018 1:56 PM
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Cigarette
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