SA’s Smoking Regulations Criticised

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 11:55
Speakers at a media briefing organised by the Free Market Foundation warn that over restriction of tobacco could impact negatively on South Africa’s economy

Speakers at a media briefing organised by the Free Market Foundation have warned that over restriction of access to tobacco could have a significant impact on and could cause as yet unquantified damage to the economy.

Chris Hart, the chief economist at Investment Solutions, says investments that have been made to comply with the requirements of the Tobacco Control Act to make premises suitable will be neutered.

In the same vein, the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa says it believes the existing regulations on smoking in public places, where they were complied with and enforced, worked well and provided for both smokers and non-smokers.

To read the article titled, “Tight tobacco laws ‘empower crime’,” click here.

Source: 
Independent Online