LET US BE SCIENTIFIC IN THE VAPING DEBATE, NOT IDEOLOGICAL

There is a need to structure this debate in a way that speaks to the right parts. Preventing youth vaping and smoking remains a key and noble objective. It would be highly unfortunate and regrettable, though that, in attempting to reach this objective, we relinquish efforts to assist the over 8 million smokers in South Africa to quit smoking. It would be morally repugnant to penalise smokers in furtherance of our vendetta against the tobacco industry.

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SA GOVERNMENT IS MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY

In its understandable desire to stamp out smoking, government is rushing headlong to lump vaping and smoking in the same bill. Two years after the publication of the Control of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Systems Bill, government has indicated that it is almost ready to proceed with tabling the…

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