To vape or not to vape in public … – Boksburg Advertiser

While consumers are well aware of and used to the regulations around smoking in public places, the law is still ‘grey’ regarding e-cigarettes and vaping in public places.

According to Stacey Bonser of Tuckers Inc., quite hefty penalties are laid down for businesses that contravene the law governing tobacco smoking in public areas, with fines as steep as R50 000 for the business owners or persons who are in control of such public areas.

“The reasoning behind tightening the laws on when and where smoking is acceptable and allowed is that it is not justifiable to unnecessarily expose people, and more importantly young children, to second-hand smoke that has been shown to be just as harmful and damaging as first-hand smoke,”

“But, now that the government has clarified the position when it comes to tobacco products, alas, we encounter a hazier area of the law, namely e-cigarettes.”

She said vaping and e-cigarettes have gained considerable popularity as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes.

The e-cigarette converts a liquid (which may or may not contain nicotene) into a

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