Business owners not happy with the new Tobacco Bill

Desiree Burns
August 9, 2018

There are five key areas of tobacco control that the new bill seeks to address: A smoke-free public places policy, plain or standardised cigarette packaging, regulating e-cigarettes, points of sale marketing, and removing cigarette vending machines. Business owners say the Bill will kill their businesses. The Draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill close for public comment on Thursday.

"University of Cape Town has just come out with a study, and they surveyed a number of restaurants". Can you imagine finding such a place in Alexandra or Khayelitsha?

The WHO's convention calls for 100 percent smoke-free public places to protect non-smokers fully. "The new law will, without a doubt, put the lives of our patrons at risk", he said.

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"Also, there are laws that say you cannot take your drink outside, so a customer will need to leave their drink behind, where it could be spiked with a drug", Mokoena pointed out. The smoker will also face a year in prison.

The proposed Tobacco Bill has received a mixed reaction, with some organisations saying the current act is effective but needs enforcement.

Consider education as an alternative to meeting its objective for a healthy nation.

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