Tag - South Africa

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...

Push for new e-cigarette and smoking laws in South Africa

Public health researchers have called on the government to pass the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill into law. The bill is expected to further regulate the use, marketing and sales of e-cigarettes or vapes in South Africa, with these products currently operating in a legislative vacuum. In a report published by the Africa...

OPINION | SA is bleeding revenue on the black market – and it’s avoidable

As Finance Minister Tito Mboweni prepares to deliver his annual Budget this month, how he must bemoan the fiscal crater carved out by South Africa’s illegal economy.  This shadowy world of illicit flows, black market trade and other nefarious tax dodging was estimated – at this time last year – to cost the fiscus R100...

South Africa: Vaping companies call for own regulations

Cape Town - Vaping companies are calling for separate legislation to the Control of the Tobacco Products and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Bill. As the industry await its first new laws since 2018, vaping companies said that they don't encourage non-smokers to vape and that the product should be used as a reduced alternative to...

What does the proposed tobacco bill mean for vaping in SA?

This opinion piece is part of VPASA's (Vapour Products Association of South Africa) We Are Not Tobacco (WANT) campaign, which seeks to differentiate electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) from combustible tobacco products. With South Africa moving towards the promulgation of the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Bill (2018), health organisations and tobacco-control...

South Africa is possibly the world’s largest black market for cigarettes

Forcing smokers to buy illegally during the tobacco ban has normalised the act of selling and buying illicit brands for both retailers and consumers, costing the fiscus some R8 billion a year, a new report states. An investigation by corruption-busting group Tax Justice SA (TJSA) has found that two of every three cigarettes sold in...

Dlamini-Zuma on why lockdown ban on tobacco sales was rational

The high court in Cape Town erred in not finding that Regulation 45, used by the government to ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products during the initial stages of the lockdown, was rational. This is one of 13 grounds co-operative governance & traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma raised as she appealed against...