Tag - South Africa

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...

South Africa flirts with e-cigarette tax which could set back the fight against smoking

Public consultations recently closed on plans to impose an excise tax on e-cigarettes in South Africa, and the suggested policy proposals have already proven controversial. In particular, the South African government intends to introduce a new excise tax on e-cigarettes, applying the duty to both non-nicotine and nicotine solutions used in these devices. Thanks to piggybacking on existing...

Suffocating planet! The environmental implications of the vaping industry

What many people already know is that tobacco product waste from cigarette butts is one of the most common forms of plastic waste suffocating the environment. Now, there is another detrimental threat facing our environment (much to the dismay of the Cape Town vaping community)– vape waste. Vape waste creates three huge environmental issues: Increase...

South Africa Proposes New Vaping Tax

The South African government will propose a new tax on vaping products to take effect in 2023, according to Vaping360. The move follows the government’s announcement last year that it intended to tax e-liquids. South African Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana outlined the new tax proposal as part of a package of new and increased excise taxes on tobacco, alcohol and high-sugar...

Smoke and mirrors: The hazy world of the proposed vaping tax

●  The vapour products industry in South Africa could soon be regulated the same as tobacco, if the stalled Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill goes through. ●  The national treasury also announced plans to impose an excise tax on vapour products, which can increase retail prices for shoppers and discourage people...