Vaping activists say the latest tobacco bill is ignorant and not based on scientific evidence. The steam industry says it wants to be seen as a partner in South Africa's health agenda because it's less harmful than smoking.
The Africa Harm Reduction Alliance (AHRA) states that it wants to send simple messages to individuals who want to stop smoking.
Dr. Delo Human, co-founder of AHRA and President of Health Diplomats, says the government wants to treat e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products by falsely blending Vaping with smoking tobacco and, falsely, reducing the increase in smoking steam industry to tobacco companies.
In May, the Cabinet approved the Tobacco Control and Electronic Systems Bill, which prohibits smoking in all public buildings – and within 10 meters of buildings. It also advocates simple packaging with health warnings and a ban on smoking in cars that carry passengers.
The bill extends the definition of smoking to electronic dispensing systems (e-cigarettes) and non-flammable tobacco products.
According to Human, who says that AHRA is an independent organization that does not support industrial products, steam and e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes.
"Vaping and e-cigarettes have the potential to prevent tobacco-related illnesses and save hundreds of millions of lives from premature death, and for the sake of public health and the individual, it is imperative that vaping be an alternative to flammable tobacco products within the broader context of reduction of tobacco damage, "Human said, arguing that new research shows that steam products make up 95 to 99%. safer than flammable smoking.
At the beginning of the year, Dr. Stanton Glantz of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) notes that "Although e-cigarettes contain fewer carcinogens than conventional cigarettes, they are also exposed to high levels of particulates and other toxins – more than cardiovascular and non-cancer related lung disease risks Half of all smoking-related deaths are eliminated. "
Researchers at the UCSF's Center for Tobacco Research said e-cigarettes are widely used as a smoking cessation aid, but for most people, they actually make it harder to stop because they end up as "double users" who continue to smoke while using e-cigarettes.
The AHRA co-founder Kgosi Letlape said the current bill is based on information from 2015 and takes a moralistic stance. "As a health activist, I'm targeting smokers, I'm not trying to open a market for new smokers or new steamers, and because you're targeting a certain population, it should not be difficult to talk about adding new information to that bill."
– Health-e news.