Ahead of World No Tobacco Day on Friday health authorities are calling for tighter controls over tobacco advertising and branding.
But a law professor from Stellenbosch University has come out in defense of the tobacco industry, saying that tighter regulations will be “ineffective and improper”.
South Africa’s already has strict smoking legislation, which bans tobacco advertising and smoking in public places, but Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has indicated his intention to strengthen the law by following the Australian example and remove all branding from tobacco packaging.
Last week South Africa became the first country to sign a new international treaty aimed at combating tobacco smuggling.
Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, signed the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products at a ceremony held at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Thursday. Eleven other countries including China, France, Panama, Turkey and Uruguay have also signed the treaty, which is now open for signature by other countries.
Constitutional Court upholds constitutionality of the law banning tobacco advertising
British American Tobacco South Africa’s (BATSA) plans to recruit new generations of teenage smokers, through multimillion rand advertising campaigns, were dealt a deadly blow by the Constitutional Court today.
The Constitutional Court has denied the country’s largest cigarette manufacturer leave to appeal against an order made by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), Bloemfontein. In June, the SCA had ruled that a ban on the advertising and promotion of tobacco products under the Tobacco Products Control Act was “reasonable and justifiable in an open and democratic society”.