Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
19 Aug 2020
4:59 am

Next battle for smokers starts

Brian Sokutu

Lobbyists are pinning their hopes on parliament passing the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill into law.

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While not taking issue with the government unbanning tobacco during Level 2 lockdown, leaders of the antismoking lobby are pinning their hopes on parliament passing the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill into law. Approved by the Cabinet two years ago, the Bill, hailed by the World Health Organisation as “a highly comprehensive piece of tobacco control legislation”, would bring SA in line with global trends by allowing for the regulation of new tobacco products. This included electronic nicotine, non-nicotine systems and heated tobacco products. The Bill prohibits smoking using or holding an ignited or heated tobacco...