Control of Tobacco Products Bill heading for Parliament

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03 Oct 2022

The draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill is heading for parliament.

The health department published the draft bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 46994.

The draft bill was published for comment in 2018.

Cabinet approved the draft bill at the end of April 2018 for publication for comment.

According to the cabinet statement, the proposed legislation seeks to repeal the Tobacco Products Control Act of 1993 so as to promote public health and to align the South African tobacco control law with the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The draft bill is designed to address key areas relating to indoor public areas, display of tobacco products at point of sale, use of electronic devices and the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products.

According to the explanatory summary, the bill provides for 100% smoke free for indoor public places and certain outdoor areas as the minister may prescribe; the ban on sale of cigarettes through vending machines; plain packaging with graphic health warnings or pictorials; ban on display at point-of-sale; and the regulation and control of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) and to provide for matters connected therewith.

The draft bill will be tabled in parliament soon.

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