VPASA About South Africa’s Proposed Tobacco Bill

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The Invoice is predicted to suggest stricter vaping laws, and restrictions on the use, advertising, and gross sales of sure tobacco merchandise in South Africa.

The brand new Management of Tobacco Merchandise and Digital Supply Methods Invoice, was first introduced final Might by Deputy Well being Minister Joe Phaahla, and is at the moment being reviewed. The Invoice is predicted to suggest stricter e-cigarettes and vaping laws, and restrictions on the use, advertising, and gross sales of sure tobacco merchandise in South Africa. Furthermore, it will set in place a provision permitting the federal government to implement a “100% public cigarette ban”.

Nonetheless, probably the most detrimental facet of the invoice is that it fails to acknowledge the relative advantages of tobacco hurt discount merchandise equivalent to e-cigarettes, and would regulate them in the identical means as common cigarettes. In an article on Biz Neighborhood Gcoyi factors out that the vaping trade is “alarmed by the false parallel that government and anti-tobacco activists are drawing between the different products.”

Rules needs to be relative to dangers

To this impact, the VPASA is urging the federal government to appropriately differentiate between flamable tobacco merchandise and safer options, check with the accessible scientific information and regulate accordingly.

“Regulatory decisions should always be based on scientific facts rather than perception, ideological leanings or, even worse, misinformation. Unfortunately, electronic vapour products (EVPs) have tended to suffer from widespread misinformation, driven in no small part by anti-tobacco lobbyists and health authorities who deem EVPs as similar in danger to smoking, despite the preponderance of scientific evidence proving the contrary.”

She added that whereas public opinion has sadly been broadly influenced by sensationalist and inaccurate media reporting, authorities ought to know higher and switch to extremely respected analysis establishments, who’re advising governments throughout the globe. “These institutions include Public Health England (PHE), the Royal College of Physicians, Cancer Research, Action on Smoking and Health and many others. These organisations are tied by the science that EVPs are 95% less harmful than traditional smoking, a staggering achievement,” she stated.

The technique adopted by the UK can be mannequin to comply with

Consistent with arguments by numerous well being consultants, Gcoyi highlighted that the technique adopted by the UK can be a great one to mannequin. “VPASA has consistently advised the government to carefully study the example of the UK, which is a world leader in EVP regulation. Our organisation is not anti-regulation, as some may wish to suggest.”

“Rather, we are for sensible, measured and effective regulation, of which the UK seems to have found a workable model. VPASA wants to see appropriate, evidence-based policies, which enable consumers to make informed decisions about their choice of nicotine products. The bill, as it stands, runs contrary to this objective.”

“We believe that imposing the same restrictions on all ENDS as on traditional combustible tobacco products is problematic for a number of reasons. For one, standardised packaging and labelling for all ENDS products will restrict the dissemination of relevant educational information. The requirement for graphic health warnings standardised across all products will represent the dangers of smokers as there are no known graphics that can be displayed on EVPs.”

“Concealing products at point-of-sale misses an opportunity to bring awareness to smokers about the products. At the same time, banning all forms of product communication will unduly restrict the industry from communicating with smokers who wrongly believe that EVPs are equally or more harmful than smoking.”

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