The Minister of Health released the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill of 2018 earlier this year.
The main focus of the Bill is to regulate where smoking can take place, together with the sale and advertising of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems, including packaging. The aim is to limit the exposure of non-smokers to the hazardous effects of second-hand smoking.
Electronic delivery systems include what is commonly known as ‘e-cigarettes’. Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are often marketed as less harmful and a mechanism to quit smoking. However, the Minister of Health has chosen to regulate these devices in the same manner as cigarettes, as the long-term effects of e-cigarettes on our health have not been established.
The key elements of the Bill include:
The penalties faced by offenders can vary from a fine and/or a jail sentence of up to three months, to a fine and/or a jail sentence of up to 10 years (depending on the seriousness of the offence). The fine for lighting up in a non-smoking area will be R500.
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