Five big changes on cards in South Africa's new smoking laws for 2018

South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi has indicated that the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act will be submitted to cabinet for approval early next year. The proposals, first mooted in 2015, have garnered significant public interest as they propose a number of strict new smoking laws.The legislation plans to introduce a number of changes to South African smoking laws, including:

  • A zero-tolerance policy on in-door smoking in public places (including the removal of designated smoking areas in restaurants);
  • A ban on outdoor smoking in public places;
  • When smoking outside, smokers must be at least 10 metres away from public entrances;
  • The removal of all signage on cigarette packaging aside from the brand name and warning stickers;
  • Cigarettes may no longer be publicly displayed by retailers.