Opinion

Department of Health Should Maintain Government’s Principle of Evidence-Based Policy Making in its Regulation of EVPs

In May 2021, Department of Health (DoH), conducted consultations with the vaping industry to assess the socio-economic impact of its proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (COTPENDS) Bill. The Bill intends to introduce more stringent regulations of the tobacco industry as well as the vaping industry to reduce smoking rates in …

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South Africa Should Rethink its Tobacco Control Strategies in Line with Global Trends

There is a growing wave of acceptance that current tobacco control policies as prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are not achieving their intended outcomes as the levels of smoking have not declined significantly. This realisation is slowly prompting a rethink from various countries on their tobacco control policies and strategies. Countries such as …

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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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