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New smoking regulations in SA: no smoking within 50 meters of nearest person on the beach [pic]
Posted by on Apr 18th, 2012

Yep…non-smokers will be doing a happy dance while smokers are gonna be annoyed as f**k if the Department Of Health in South Africa goes ahead with plans to make changes to the Tobacco Products Control of which includes not being allowed to smoke within 50 meters from the nearest person on a public beach.

Here’s the section from the government notice on regulations relating to smoking in public places dated 30 March 2012.

Smokers won’t be too stoked with some of  those other proposed regulations either.

To see the entire amendments to the act in the government gazette click HERE.

Are you a smoker? It’s gonna suck sitting so far from everyone on a crowded Camps Bay beach in the middle of summer hey. And by far i mean a completely different beach like Noordhoek.

Maxtercx says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Like they can enforce the law???

Barry says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Although it’s very unlikely that they will be able to properly enforce this law, I hope they do. I hate people smoking near me while I’m trying to relax at beach (or when I’m watching rugby or cricket at Newlands). It’s totally inconsiderate of others

Dominique says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

FUCK that is kak. Why can’t people just leave things alone man???

david says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Because why must 18% of the population fuckup 82% of the population`s health? I wish the will ban it completely-David

Derfie says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Because every time you light up a fucking cigarette or cigar near me, you endanger MY Health as well s your own.
Besides think what your filthy habit costs you each year, and what it’s s going to cost you in medical bills in the future.

Robin says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

About time. I am sick of breathing in some degenerates second hand smoke when I am out, especially with my kids. It’s a sick and disgusting habit and is addictive and is thus no different from any other drug. I hope they enforce it, I am so tired of having other people’s filthy habit imposed on me.

riaan vosloo says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Its about time. A lot of people suffering from asma and sinus problems and smokers don’t give a damn.

Andre says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

It’s amazing to see how many people gripe about second hand smoke then get into their gas guzzling vehicles and pop down to the shops leaving a trail of pollution behind them. As a smoker I say “Ban smoking and the sale of any tobacco products” then hike the VAT up to 18 % and let everyone gripe about the loss of revenue that is generated from tobacco products. Then all the non smokers can have their way and help carry the cost, and we smokers will then be forced to give up smoking. Oh and then lets see if this will reduce the asthma and sinus sufferers problems?
It’s all to easy for a goverment to pretend it gives a damn by throwing a little morsel like this for you to think you have a goverment that gives a damn about your well being….when meanwhile they are letting our hospitals and our services decay. If non smokers really did care about something, why not take our goverment to task about the shocking conditions of our hospitals???

Tanith says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Andre, excellent idea! I for one would support this initiative – it’s only fair.

On a separate note, don’t you find it hilarious at how defensive smokers get when confronted with just how disgusting the habit which they impose on the majority of the population is?

Dirk says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Excellent news. I am so tired of picking my clothes up with a braai-tang after a night out.

One also has to take your jackets to the dry-cleaners, buy eye-drops, coughing syrup and sinus tabs, just to try and recover from all the 2nd hand smoke. In order not to infect your bed, you also have to shower before getting into bed.

Thank you Government – these old laws were abused by the entertainment places .. now it will be stopped .. like in USA, Australia and many other civilized countries.

Let those that does not want to beat the addiction, go and pollute themselves somewhere else. IT can be beaten, I did after 25 years .. because I wanted to.


Quintin says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

REALY????? you sound like a pathetic sick heath freak
picking up your clothes with braai thongs ?????
and shit sure as hell i hope you shower before bed ITS CALLED COMMON HIEGENE

but back on the topic
2.7 mil smokers in SA
lighting 27 bil smokes a month
at roughly R2 a smoke = R54 bil of coars 38% is tax so you do the F@#$%^ sums you idiot
you comlpain bout poor road ever increacing petrol price horrble hospilals expencive food no servise delivery from gov lacking funds ect ect ect ect ect ect

ok let get all the poor sods to stop smoking LOSE all that revnue and then when the gov rilize they not getting there normal income and bonuses GUESS what they going to do


So not only we going to suffer more then we do now, we going to be raped be all the increces AND I PROMICE YOU, YOU NOT GOING TO GET A SALERY INCRECE TO WARANT THE EXTRA BILLS!!!!!!!!!!

then when we finaly on our knees they going to do the same with alchol, soon will follow adult shops, nest will be your sater day braai smoke emitions
befoer you know you will be charged for going to a hair salon WHY ????

RELIGION is supresed in schools right? ok next you are taxed for going to church
can you see were this is going??????????

this is sepose to be a free county ?????
equal human rights ?????????

non smoker

Bernice says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Finally:) Whooohooo!

Now we must just get them to ban it outright!

Dale Roberts says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Finally! All the above new legislation should have been applicable from day 1. A total ban on ALL public smoking whether indoors or out is the only viable solution. No ambiguity would have been allowed and thereby no flouting of the law as presently experienced. Why do smokers not realise how foul their habit is. They stink, they pollute and they harm. The fact that they generally die earlier does not pacify me because they are belligerent enough about their habit to include me in their death wish. And I remain constantly horrified at parents smoking in homes and cars with children alongside. Do they really dislike them that much that they prefer robbing them of their full intellectual and health potential? Of course they must dislike themselves enough to so firmly commit to an early and ususally horrible death.

graham says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

Wow the war on 2nd hand smokers and smoking in general. I got news for you man has been smoking all kinds of stuff in all kinds of ways for years. No amount of laws or public disapprovement would stop this. Dont get me wrong smoking is not good for you but who are u to judge other ppl anyway. Starts with smoking laws then we become a moddle coddled nation of conformists. Anyway i would love to know if those stats are based on legally sold cigarettes or if they include the illegals sales across every shabeen and informal settlement. Lastly any person confronted by another person about their habbits would be defensive so dont act as if its exlusive to smokers.

Nic says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

It wont work, all the pubs and clubs i got to still allow smoking inside. Its too hard to enforce laws such as these in Africa :)

Judy Burger says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

We are living in an old age home, our bedrooms window is 60cm away from our neighbours, both of them smokes in their room, because they lay on their bed and watch the tv. Please help who can I ask for help, this place belongs to the goverment and Tlokwe Munisipality. Please people where can I go with this complain

Charl says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

So smoking is outlawed because of health reasons. Lets consider the following for our health then as well.

South Africa has a bigger problem with people dying of obesity than smoking related illness.

Lets rather put a ban on the sale and advertising of all Junk (Fast Food Chains and Restaurants) Food. Alcohol is also killing more people on our roads than smoking so lets ban that as well. while we are at it…… People are not getting enough excersise because of computers and television. Lets ban those as well as it contributes to obesity.

Stress at the workplace!!!!!!!! Give the employer less rights over employees to help them cope better with stress which is on of the worlds biggest killers.

All the gasses we breath in that comes from factories and cars must be bad for our health. Lets outlaw all of those too. No more cars will also assist us with more excersise. we can walk more or use bicycles.

Convicted criminals also threatens our health and well being, especially rapists and everyone convicted of first or second degree murder, child molestation. Lock them away for life or give them the death sentance.

Here is one for all the religiuos freaks out there…… We were put on earth to take care of the plants and all the animals on land and in the water. Lets stop the killing of any plant or animal life to support our own way of living and stuffing our faces with food. Lets only eat what dies naturally.

Technology shuold also be outlawed as it makes us more lazy with each new product produced “to make life easier”. That in turn causes or contributes to obesity – one of the major killers in the world.

SEX!!!!! sex should be outlawed. sperm and egs should be donated at banks and clinics, screened and woman artificially inseminated. Why you ask………? AIDS.

Why should only smokers pay the price for bad health the world over? Why oly discriminate against us. Lets take away every right of every person on earth rather than…….. For health reasons!!!!!

April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

They huff and they puff … they bitch …they moan… this will never work.

What happened to stopping people from talking on their cellphones when they drive?

What happened to stopping minibus-taxi drivers from hooting on the Main Road, Sea Point?

What happened to stopping minibus-taxi driers going through all colour traffic lights, yielding whenever they want, offloading when they want , driving into oncoming traffic, onloading,offloading on highways, stopping when they want to ?

They’re just all-talk !

Justin says:
April 04, 2012 at 8:47 am

I am a smoker and honestly, I am not really apposed to the new legislation ‘which by the way, came into effect today! I also like to think of myself as a considerate smoker. I aslo agree that it is filthy habit, but a habit nonetheless. I do, however think that our government is missing the point in many areas. If they were really concerened about our health, they would either ban smoker all together make them extremely difficult to obtain. This is of course not the case because of the obvious negative tax implications. Dept of Health wants us to stop but SARS loves smokers and drinkers. A typical eg of how disconnected our gov is. Furthermore, as long as have have manufacturing and gasoline vehicles, the quality of our air is unlikely to increase, even if everyone stopped smoking on a global level. This is not really a health consideration for non smokers, it is has more likely to do with the irritation factor caused by unconsiderate smokers. The question is, where does it stop, I can think of many things that are far more hazardous and irritating then smoking that are not being given due attention. Nevertheless, I hope to quit soon …:)

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