Tag - South Africa

VPASA slams WHO’s comments branding e-cigarettes as ’harmful’

Johannesburg - The Vapour Products Association is concerned with how vaping has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest report. And chief executive Asanda Gcoyi said labelling vaping as “harmful” was reckless. “The WHO, along with many other groups opposed to e-cigarettes and vaping, has once again demonstrated a lack of understanding...

Tobacco wars: Proposed R22 for a pack of smokes a ‘laughable’ attempt to dodge taxes, says BATSA

The SA Tobacco Organisation's proposed R22 for a pack of 20 cigarettes will not cover taxes, according to British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA). BATSA has issued a statement hitting out at the proposal - citing a study that shows it is not economically viable to sell cigarettes below R26.55 per pack. BATSA...

South Africa: Suspect in court for trading in illicit tobacco worth over R10 million

An Eastern Cape man is to appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Friday after he was allegedly found in possession of illicit tobacco worth R10 million. In a statement released on Friday, spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in the province, Captain Yolisa Mgolodela, said members of the Hawks’ Serious...

How to end tobacco use for good: What SA’s Covid-19 tobacco ban has taught us

Local tobacco companies’ market share quadrupled during the country’s temporary sales ban in 2020, overtaking Big Tobacco’s pre-ban near-monopoly on South Africa’s tobacco industry. The sales ban did cause people to smoke less and prevented more than 2 000 tobacco-related deaths, but at the expense of progress made to curb illicit trade in...

South Africa: Sars custom officials seize and destroy illegal cigarettes valued at R2.4m

Customs officers of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) have announced that they have seized illegal cigarettes around Gauteng which amount to R2.4 million. In a statement Sars said 22 shops were raided in Kempton Park, Pretoria and Johannesburg. This was a joint operation between Sars Customs, the SAPS, the Department of Home Affairs and...

Government to introduce stricter anti-smoking rules for South Africa

The department of health is pushing forward on a draft bill in an effort to get more stringent anti-smoking laws passed. The department’s Lynn Moeng told EWN that the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill is currently in the pipeline, and that government is working as ‘fast as it can’ to have...

South Africa: Illegal cigarette consignment to be destroyed

Government’s renewed vigour to eliminate illegal tobacco imports and exports will be demonstrated on Friday when a multi-department operation will see 12 million cigarettes being destroyed. The consignment, which has a R18 million market value will be destroyed at the State Warehouse, at no.9 FW de Klerk Boulevard, Cape Town Foreshore at 8am. In a statement,...

South Africa: Tobacco companies ‘show true colours’ in illicit trade spat

There is probably truth in all allegations that South Africa’s multinational and smaller tobacco companies have been levelling against each other regarding their supposed involvement in the burgeoning illicit tobacco products trade in both South Africa and other parts of Africa. This was according to Prof Corné van Walbeek, director of the University of Cape...

Why Nigeria must prepare for e-cigarettes addiction

Three Nigerian researchers have played a prominent role in a study on e-cigarettes epidemiology in South Africa, the result of which provides grounds for Nigeria to protect its youths from the health hazards of e-cigarette addiction, writes ROBERT EGBE. If you laugh easily, you will probably find the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s description of tobacco...

South Africa: Researchers reiterate need to regulate e-cigarettes

Two years after closure of comments on the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill (2018), researchers have called for the passage into law of the bill. New findings have revealed that the e-cigarette industry, currently largely unregulated, has further taken hold in South Africa. The Executive director of the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry...