OPINION | It's time for the government to trust South Africans to make informed decisions

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OPINION: It's time for the government to trust South Africans to make informed decisions | AsandaGcoyi

In all the talk about the tobacco ban, there has been very little effort to engage with the science of vaping.What was initially seen as a stealth attempt by policy makers to achieve their anti-tobacco policy goals, has quickly morphed into a defining feature of the lockdown.

An industry which was once projected to create up to 14 500 jobs by 2025, now faces an existential crisis which is likely to lead to widespread bankruptcies and unemployment. In all the talk about the tobacco ban, there has been very little effort to engage with the science of vaping. The Vapour Products Association of South Africa recognises that less harmful alternatives do still contain some harmful effects.

More importantly, access to legal products will stop the emergence of counterfeit vapor products, the latter of which will decimate the legal industry and foreclose the potential for reduced harm nicotine products in the country.


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