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Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:54

Portfolio Committee on Health hold public hearings on the Tobacco Bill.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The portfolio committee on health held nationwide public hearings on the Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill in Kwazulu/Natal.

The bill will repeal the Tobacco Control Act, strengthen public health protection measures and align the country's tobacco control law with the World Health Organization Framework Convention.

Some of the proposed legislative and policy changes contained in the bill include provision for indoor public places and certain outdoor areas to be 100% smoke-free.

It also provides for the banning of the sale of cigarettes through vending machines and display at point-of-sale, as well as regulating electronic nicotine delivery systems such as vapes and no-nicotine delivery systems.

Watch Live in the video below:

Video Courtesy of Parliament.