Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act
In an effort to reduce the economic costs of smoking on health care, South Africa's Department of Health will early next year present to cabinet its plans to abolish dedicated smoking areas in restaurants, bars, casinos, beaches, parks and other public places. The proposal is part of the department's fight to amend the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act. The changes will also include a uniform packaging for all cigarette and vape brands and the removal of smoking advertisements. According to the National Council Against Smoking, plain-packaging" which has been implemented in five or six countries across the globe including Australia, has proven to lower the number of smokers, as well as prevent non-smokers from picking up the habit. Director of Health Promotion at the South African Department of Health, Vimla Moodley explains..