Control of Tobacco Products Bill Published for Comment

Department of Health

The Draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill has been published for comment.

The health department published the draft bill in Government Gazette 41617.

The draft bill aims to:

•    provide for control over smoking;
•    regulate the sale and advertising of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems;
•    regulate the packaging and appearance of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems and to make provision for the standardization of their packaging;
•    provide for standards in respect of the manufacturing and export of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems;
•    prohibit the sale of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems to and by persons under the age of 18 years;
•    prohibit the free distribution of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems;
•    prohibit the sale of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems by means of vending machines; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

Cabinet approved the draft bill at the end of April 2018.

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.

Comment is invited within three months of the date of publication.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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