Nearly half of restaurants in SA already completely smoke free

A study's found that 45% of restaurants in SA are already completely smoke free.

A University of Cape Town (UCT) study, published in the South African Medical Journal, conducted an analysis of smoking policies in restaurants since 2001.

The aim was to see how changes to smoking laws, made nearly twenty years ago, had been implemented.

The findings come as Parliament considers tough new smoking legislation with the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, intended to bring South African legislation into line with the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

READ: Will non-branded cigarette boxes reduce smoking?

Director of the Economics of Tobacco Control Unit at UCT, Professor Corne van Walbeek, spoke to Kieno Kammies about the study.

The question that we asked ourselves is, how would the new restaurant laws be accepted and what is the feel of the restaurant industry regarding that.

Proffessor Corne van Walbeek, Director of The Economics of Tobacco Control unit at UCT

Also read: Tough new smoking rules expected soon

He said they found that in 2001, when smoking laws became established, the government allowed restaurants to have up to 20% of the restaurant dedicated as a smoking area.

At the time it was regarded as a legislation that cannot be enforced. What turned out is that this legislation currently has been accepted and is supported by more than 90% of restaurants that we interviewed.

Proffessor Corne van Walbeek, Director of The Economics of Tobacco Control unit at UCT

We also asked them if they were to go completely smoke free, what impact would that have on your restaurant and our main finding is that at the 45% of restaurants are already completely smoke free and 55% of them have some form of smoking area - of which the majority are outside - and only about 11% have a dedicated indoor smoking area.

Proffessor Corne van Walbeek, Director of The Economics of Tobacco Control unit at UCT

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