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Anti-tobacco and health groups have called on the government to introduce the long-awaited Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill – or to at least process the bill to Cabinet by the end of 2021.

This follows recent reports by a tobacco watchdog and the BBC implicating multinational tobacco group British American Tobacco (BAT) in using ‘shady tactics’ to promote cigarette use in South Africa.

The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill is expected to regulate the use, marketing, and sales of e-cigarettes or vapes in South Africa. These products are currently operating in a legislative vacuum.