Riaan van Zyl
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20 Mar 2018
3:00 pm

Smokers’ privileges to be stubbed out

Riaan van Zyl

Stricter smoking laws are imminent for South African smokers.

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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi previously outlined the expected changes to the laws when he presented the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act in 2017, which is now being discussed by the Cabinet sub-committee, Roodepoort Record reports.

It is said that the new laws could come into effect “within weeks”.

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Smokers can expect the following changes:

• Banning of smoking in all public spaces (including the removal of designated smoking areas in restaurants)

• Removing of all branding on cigarette boxes

• Stricter regulations for electronic cigarettes

• Banning cigarette vending machines

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