Call for Public comments on Tobacco Control Bill
Due date 4 August 2023
The Portfolio Committee on Health has invited the public and relevant stakeholders to submit written comments and indicate interest in making an oral submission on the Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill [B33 –2022] (Tobacco Control Bill) by the 4th of August 2023.
The Tobacco Control Bill will repeal the existing Tobacco Products Act , an updated piece of legislation- that closes loopholes and addresses aspects not covered by the existing legislation.
The National Council Against Smoking fully supports the bill and will be making submissions to Parliament in support of the bill.
Why the Tobacco Control Bill Matters?
Tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke causes death, disease and disability, 25 704 South Africans die from tobacco-related illnesses each year. In 2016 alone, the economy of South Africa loses R42 billion in health costs, premature deaths and lost productivity. Emerging and novel products such as electronic delivery systems (e-cigarettes) and nicotine pouches have been introduced in the South African market – and are currently not regulated.
The Bill introduces regulation of emerging and novel products. It also introduces comprehensive measures aimed at reducing smoking rates, dissuading the youth and children from initiating tobacco and nicotine use, and protecting non-smokers from second-hand smoke.
You, as a member of the public, have a chance to make your voice heard and make submissions on the Tobacco Control Bill.