Tag - South Africa

Africa needs stronger weapons to tackle illicit, conflict-fuelling tobacco trade

The South African government has recently stepped up its efforts to address the country’s rampant illicit tobacco trade. The South African Revenue Service (SARS), facing a severe and persistent reduction of cigarette excise tax revenues, is now endeavouring to curb the illicit tobacco trade by enhancing inspections and search and seizure operations against cigarette companies and...

SARS waging war against illegal cigarettes in South Africa

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is going after sin taxes owed to it from the illicit sale of cigarettes in the country. Johnny Moloto, the general manager for British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA), told Fin24 that almost 70% of all cigarettes consumed in the country now belong to illicit brands, turning South Africa into the...

ATCA joins call to plug the e-cigarette regulation gap in South Africa

The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has joined South Africa’s public health organisations in calling for urgent regulation of e-cigarettes through the swift implementation of the long-awaited Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, saying the Bill could have an impact well beyond South Africa’s borders. Leonce Sessou, Executive Secretary of ATCA, says “Global...

South Africa’s New Tobacco and Vape Bill is Headed for Parliament

The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, which would replace the decade old Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act, is finally on its way to Parliament. The new Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, has been in the works since 2018 and was announced by Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla in...

S.A can learn from other countries about youth & vape products

Electronic Vapour Products (EVPs) were designed as tobacco harm reduction tools to deliver nicotine to adult smokers with the aim of helping them find a potentially less harmful alternative. The inhalation of smoke from combustible cigarettes – along with tar and carbon monoxide - raises health risks for a range of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including...

Cigarette smuggling thrived after South Africa banned its sale

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled this week that the government was wrong to ban the sale of cigarettes at the start of the nationwide hard lockdown in March 2020. The court found that there was no scientific justification for the continued ban on the sale of tobacco products. Tobacco businesses say they are still recovering...

Anti-smoking mural created by Sharonlea Primary pupils wins top honours – and cash – with youngsters becoming tobacco control ambassadors

JOHANNESBURG – A striking NO to tobacco mural painted by pupils from Sharonlea Primary in Randburg has been announced as the winner of the Sibo Manqoba Schools Mural Art Competition. The Johannesburg school was awarded the top honours after it beat other selected schools who were all asked to produce artworks in the form of...

ATCA joins SA’s public health organisations to call to plug the e-cigarette regulation gap

Johannesburg – The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has called for urgent regulation of e-cigarettes through the swift implementation of the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill. The non-profit, non-government, professional organisations are joined by South Africa’s public health organisations in calling for the implementation of the tobacco control bill, which requires...

Pupils lead the way against smoking through art

It’s often said by experts that young people are the ones that are most vulnerable to smoking, with nearly nine out of 10 smokers taking up the habit during their teenage years. Flavoured smokeless tobacco products, such as vaping, have been blamed for making this unhealthy habit more appealing to the youth. But thanks to...

New e-cigarette and vaping rules planned for South Africa

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) says it has established a National Technical Committee (TC) to develop South African National Standards to guide the use of e-cigarette and vaping products. Currently, there are no guidelines or regulations for vaping production in South Africa, and the SABS will be responsible for setting guidelines and promoting...