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The government has acted admirably, in taking steps to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and gain time for the health system to cope with the looming disaster.

Among the necessary steps it took, is a prohibition on the sale of tobacco and alcohol, as neither is a food or a medicine.

The current evidence-base for this decision, and the science, is clear.

Chinese studies show that those who smoke are at increased risk of devel...

If ever there was a time to quit smoking – that time is now, says Savera Kalideen of the National Council against Smoking (NCAS). “With the threat of the coronavirus pandemic looming large, now is the time to take care of your own lungs by not smoking cigarettes, shisha, vaping or using e-cigarettes. Also, with more people spending increased amounts of time at home, we must make sure children and non-smokers are not exposed to...

Prevention is key to controlling the transmission of COVID-19; stopping smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes or vapes, as well as eliminating exposure to second-hand smoke, should be high on the list of measures to prevent COVID-19 infection.

While smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, do not cause COVID-19, they increase people’s vulnerability to infection, and may result in worse symptoms and outcomes, especially i...

The National Council of Smoking (NCAS) welcomes the decision to tax e-cigarettes from 2021. 

The bold move announcing taxation will reduce youth use of e-cigarettes and prevent them from becoming addicted to nicotine and later switching to cigarettes. This will reduce disease and save lives. 

For more than a decade, e-cigarette usage has been unregulated and untaxed in the country. 

An estimated one million South Africa...

October 14, 2019

For Immediate Release: October 04, 2019

Statement From: Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and Drug Administration

Norman E. "Ned" Sharpless MD

Over the past several weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working tirelessly along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal, state and local partners to investigate the distressing incidents of severe lung injuries and de...

September 30, 2019

South Africa might face a similar health problem as the US as e-cigarettes are sold here without regulation. This lack of regulation has resulted in a proliferation of outlets selling these products without providing basic information such as the ingredients and the impact of e-cigarettes. With over 300 000 e-cigarettes users in South Africa, how can we stop it from happening here?

The burning question is how were e-cigarettes...

September 12, 2019

Yesterday the American Lung Association warned the public that e-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage and disease.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US says that more than 450 cases of severe lung disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes have been reported.Symptoms include breathing difficulties, shortness of breath and sometimes chest pain before patients were hospitalized. O...

July 17, 2019

The National Council Against Smoking is working with Greenpeace Africa to raise awareness about the plastic in cigarette butts as part of Plastic-free July. They are leveraging on the global campaign, encouraging people to rethink the way they use plastic, by starting a campaign on their VUMA.EARTH platform, which calls for a ban on cigarette butts in South Africa.

“It may not be widely known, but cigarette butts are themselves...

July 17, 2019

The National Council Against Smoking is working with Greenpeace Africa to raise awareness about the plastic in cigarette butts as part of Plastic-free July.

A Spokesperson Savera Kalideen says they are leveraging on the global campaign, encouraging people to rethink the way they use plastic, by starting a campaign which calls for a ban on cigarette butts.

Did you know?

  • Cigarette butts are themselves made out of a form of plas...

July 17, 2019

Durban-  A campaign against cigarette butts has been launched by environmental organisation Greenpeace Africa in conjunction with the National Council Against Smoking.

The initiative aims to raise awareness over the use of plastic in cigarette butts as part of Plastic-free July. The organisations are calling for government and tobacco companies to take caution and act now. 

“In line with the polluter pays principle, tobacco comp...

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