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South Africa’s Cigarette Ban Misses Opportunity to Promote Safer Alternatives

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A recent statement about the controversial ban on tobacco products and alcohol sales, including e-cigarettes and snus safer alternatives, had angered many vaping advocates and public health.

Asanda Gcoyi, the Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) chief executive, emphasized that it is a significant problem to treat cigarettes and safer alternatives in the same manner.

More importantly, according to arguments by international health experts, Gcoyi further pointed out another concern is that vapers may back to tobacco smoking or buying vape products on the black market.

Gcoyi said:

“My other concern is the illicit market. People are buying vape juice from shops we know nothing about, we hear it’s available at spaza shops, stories that people are mixing juices at home, which is extremely dangerous, because they are just mixing things and the environment is not right.”

“My other concern is the illicit market. People are buying vape juice from shops we know nothing about, we hear it’s available at spaza shops, stories that people are mixing juices at home, which is extremely dangerous, because they are just mixing things and the environment is not right.”

And according to the recent study released by the University of Cape Town, it proved the tobacco ban is driving South Africans to the black market.

At the same time, PMSA has also issued a statement about the ban, argued that this is a missed opportunity to encourage tobacco smokers to switch to safer alternatives.

Phillip Morris SA MD, Marcelo Nico said:

“The blanket ban on all tobacco and e-cigarette products undermines the efforts of those adult smokers who switched to better alternatives, such as heated tobacco products and e-cigarette.”

“It also misses a huge opportunity to encourage all adult South Africans who would otherwise continue smoking to switch to smoke-free alternatives. While scientifically substantiated smoke-free products are not risk-free and they contain nicotine, which is addictive, they are a much better choice than continued smoking.”

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