SOUTH AFRICANS INVITED TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON TOBACCO CONTROL BILL

PRETORIA — The Department of Health has encouraged South Africans to participate actively in the government’s efforts to strengthen the current tobacco control measures by submitting comments on the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill.

The Bill aims to promote public health and align the South African tobacco control legislation with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of the World health Organization (WHO), which was approved by the Cabinet and gazetted last month for public comments for a three-months period, ending Aug 9.

The Bill seeks to implement a total ban on smoking in indoor public places such as restaurants and certain outdoor public places such as stadia. It also advocates for plain packaging of tobacco products, which includes pictorials and health warnings to make tobacco products less attractive.

On Thursday, South Africa joined the global community to mark World No Tobacco Day, which aims to create awareness about the dangers of tobacco. The day is commemorated annually on 31 May to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

This year’s commemoration was held under the theme, “Tobacco and heart disease: A call for a Tobacco-Free Generation”. The Department of Health used the commemoration to focus on strengthening legislative measures to curb the demand for tobacco products.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICANS INVITED TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON TOBACCO CONTROL BILL

PRETORIA — The Department of Health has encouraged South Africans to participate actively in the government’s efforts to strengthen the current tobacco control measures by submitting comments on the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill.

The Bill aims to promote public health and align the South African tobacco control legislation with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of the World health Organization (WHO), which was approved by the Cabinet and gazetted last month for public comments for a three-months period, ending Aug 9.

The Bill seeks to implement a total ban on smoking in indoor public places such as restaurants and certain outdoor public places such as stadia. It also advocates for plain packaging of tobacco products, which includes pictorials and health warnings to make tobacco products less attractive.

On Thursday, South Africa joined the global community to mark World No Tobacco Day, which aims to create awareness about the dangers of tobacco. The day is commemorated annually on 31 May to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

This year’s commemoration was held under the theme, “Tobacco and heart disease: A call for a Tobacco-Free Generation”. The Department of Health used the commemoration to focus on strengthening legislative measures to curb the demand for tobacco products.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK