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SA Tobacco Control Legislation

Current Acts & Regulations

Current legislation is governed by the following:

Regulations: Reduced Ignition Propensity (RIP), 16 May 2011.pdf

  • Definitions
  • Testing standards and requirements
  • Certification – a period of 18 months has been given from the date of publication for tobacco industry manufacturers and importers to comply
  • Packaging and marking requirements

Tobacco Product Control Amendment Act of 2008.pdf
This Act was signed by the President in January 2009 and came into operation on 21 August 2009.

  • Age of Sale increased from 16 to 18 years old
  • Ban on toys and confectionery resembling tobacco products
  • Ban on tobacco product sales at health and educational establishments
  • Ban on free distribution and reward
  • Further restrictions relating to vending machines
  • Minister of Health to further regulate:
  • ▪ Packaging and labeling of tobacco products
    ▪ Health warnings
    ▪ Point of Sale signage and display

For further reference, download : 09/2009 – New Tobacco Acts.pdf

Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act 23 of 2007.pdf
This Act was signed by the President on 23 February 2008 and came into operation on 21 August 2009.

  • New and amended definitions
  • Smoking in public places
  • Standards for manufacturing and export of tobacco products
  • Minister of Health’s powers to regulate
  • Tobacco product exemptions
  • Offences and penalties

Regulations, 29 September 2000.pdf

  • Tar and nicotine levels
  • Point of Sale
  • Sponsorship and advertising
  • Smoking in public places

Regulations, 2 December 1994.pdf

  • Prescribes health warnings on packs
  • Packaging and Labeling requirements

“The Tobacco Products Control Act, Act 83 of 1993.pdf as amended by Act 12 of 1999″

  • Bans advertising and sponsorship
  • Bans smoking in public places and work places except under specific conditions
  • Restrictions on vending machines
  • Provides for maximum yields of constituents
  • Bans free distribution and reward
  • Provides for fines