‘Concentrate on crime rather’: New strict smoking laws divide Mzansi

‘Concentrate on crime rather’: New strict smoking laws divide Mzansi

Stricter smoking laws that would see smoking sections in restaurants come to an end has Mzansi divided. Some people are applauding the decision while others feel the government should rather focus on serious crimes instead.

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It would also ban smoking in cars containing children and class

vaping as a health hazard akin to smoking cigarettes.

Anti-smoking law could be too harsh

Speaking to Radio 702 breakfast show presenter Bongani Bingwa, Dr

Kgosi Letlape, co-founder of Africa Harm Reduction Alliance,

revealed he believes parts of the bill may be too restrictive.

“There has to be a measure of knowing what our Constitution says,

and people have rights,” he said.

“Just like we see the change on the dagga scene, where it is

becoming legal despite the known harmful effects, people are now

looking at what are the benefits for those using it.”

Smoking on the decline

That being said, he does support anti-smoking laws and pointed to

the positive effects previous legislation has had.

The South African

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