Opinion

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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WHO is refusing to listen to the evidence on vaping and harm reduction

The Vapour Product Association of South Africa and it’s CEO and Chairperson, Zodwa Velleman, joined other International vaping bodies and campaigners led by the UK Vaping Industry Associations (UKVIA) to issue a call to action to the WHO to remedy this contradiction, asking that vaping products be treated separately to tobacco products. Consumer groups and …

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