Opinion

The Department of Health Should Open Itself up to Genuine Conversations on Vaping

South Africa should follow the lead of the Australian government in opening itself up to engagements on EVPs. Thus far, the South African Department of Health (DoH) has shunned attempts to engage with the EVP industry and those who hold a different view to it and anti-tobacco lobbyists and has held on to its myopic …

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Taxing of EVPs and the Proposed Tobacco Bill Will Be Counterproductive to Tobacco Harm Reduction

In February 2020, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced that “Electronic cigarettes, or so-called vapes, will be taxed from 2021”. Recently, the Department of Health announced that it plans to send the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Nicotine Systems Bill (COTPENDS) to Cabinet for approval. The COTPENDS intends to introduce measures to control Electronic Vapour …

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