Businesses fuming over smoking laws

2012-07-11 14:46

Johannesburg - Plans by the government to further restrict smoking in public places has some business owners crying foul and threatening legal action.

"This regulation must be rejected because it is not possible to implement," said Township Liquor Traders Association secretary Patric Poggenpoel.

He said his organisation had not been consulted on the rule making and asked the department of health to reconsider it.

He said if the new rule went ahead some business owners and organisations would likely challenge it in court.

The new rules would prohibit people from smoking in any public place, including restaurants bars and shebeens.

It also prevents them from smoking within 10 metres of a window to a public place.

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  • gerald.king.589 - 2012-07-11 17:03

    They should be saying thank you! Govt can say ok we'll leave smoking laws alone, only to come down real heavy on booze!

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-07-11 18:55

    This is one law that has not been thought out at all. Smoking is not a crime - it is a vice, like obesity. I have not seen any law against being fat, and that kills more people than nonsmoking people inhaling smoke. Why not leave the smokers alone and if the Government wants to hammer the smokers so much, tax the tobacco products more - that way the Government gets more money that they can waste on more parties and luxury cars.

      gavin.hillyard - 2012-07-12 18:57

      Johnnie if I were obese, which I am not, it would not affect you or anybody else. If you smoked in my presence I would be exposed to the poisons in cigs and that would harm me. Smokers seem to have a gap in this self-evident logic. Many obese people elect to overeat and that is their vice. Smokers are addicted to nicotene and this plus all the other harmful compounds in cigs harm the smokers and those around them. If smokers want to self-destruct that is their prerogative but not at the expense of those around them. More powre to this law I say

  • alweri.enslin - 2012-07-12 14:52

    I say hooray! In England people are already not allowed to smoke in any public building. Even at pubs and restaurants they go stand outside in the cold sometimes (and it is much colder over there)! When I lived in England a colleague told me that she smokes musch less, due to that - since it is not nice to get up at a restaurant/pub, leave the rest of the company to go and smoke outside.

  • gavin.hillyard - 2012-07-12 19:00

    Great law and now the next one should be ZERO blood alcohol when driving like in Dubai. I didn't see or read about a single alcohol related accident while I was there If you went to a restaurant or party and had a few, you would take a taxi home and pick up your car the next day.

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