Support Ban on 2nd Hand Smoke in Public Places Today

Support Ban on 2nd Hand Smoke in Public Places Today

National Council Against Smoking Press Release

Good News! All buildings in South Africa are set to become 100% smoke-free and smoking is to be prohibited in some outdoor areas, if draft regulations published on March 30th 2012, by the Minister of Health, become law. This is great news for the health of nonsmokers and smokers alike.

The regulations follow years of calls from the public for smoke-free public places and relentless efforts by tobacco companies and some businesses to maintain indoor smoking. The right to breathe is now set to trump the right to pollute the air.

We applaud the leadership of Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

Now it is our turn to act! We have to ensure that the regulations become law and are not weakened or delayed. The Government has invited public comment on the regulations by 29th June, 2012.

How Can YOU help?

Please take a moment to send a letter or e-mail of support for the draft regulations BEFORE 29th June 2012 to:

  • letter: The Director-General: Health, Attention: Director Health Promotion, Private Bag X828, Pretoria, 0001
  • email:  WinklR@health.gov.za
  • bcc: quit@iafrica.com

Write to congratulate the Health Ministry on the new regulations. Let them know you are looking forward to working, shopping, eating al fresco, attending sports fixtures, taking children to playgrounds, or standing in a queue without being forced to breathe secondhand smoke.

Thank you for your support in (finally!) making 100% smoke-free public places a reality (we are almost there).

Dr Yussuf Saloojee
Executive Director NCAS

What do the Draft Regulations say?

It completely prohibits smoking indoors.

It also prohibits smoking in:

  • Stadiums, arenas, sports facilities, playgrounds and zoos
  • Schools and child care facilities
  • Health facilities
  • Outdoor eating or drinking areas
  • Places where outdoor events take place
  • Covered walkways and covered parking areas
  • Outdoor service areas and queues
  • Beaches within 50 meters of a demarcated swimming area.

It does not allow smoking within 5 to 10 meters of entrances, doorways, windows and ventilation inlets.

It allows demarcated smoking areas only outdoors under specific conditions.

It places obligations on any person in control of a public place, and on employers to protect staff.

Background:

For more information on why the new regulations are needed go to: www.againstsmoking.co.za

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