We are going to ban all cigarette vending machines: Motsoaledi

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A woman lights a cigarette in this illustration picture taken in Paris, October 8, 2014. Cash may convince some smokers to quit.

 

 

JOHANNESBURG – Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says despite a stringent increase in tobacco laws, producers always find loopholes.

Thursday marked World No Tobacco Day.

Officials want to ban smoking inside public buildings and introduce a 10-metre ban outdoors.

READ: Department of Health wants to ban outdoor, indoor smoking areas

“Every year you pass a law, industry tries to find a way to side-step it. For instance, when the anti-smoking legislation was passed, there were no e-cigarettes. Now they came up with e-cigarettes, which are supposed to be, according to them, not delivering nicotine but we know most of them do,” Motsoaledi said.

“We discovered that young people start smoking through e-cigarettes...as part of the new legislation... we are also including e-cigarettes as a cigarette. We have discovered a gap where --- on cigarette packets, it&39;s written not to be sold to under 18s. But there are vending machines all over that don&39;t recognise age just money so we are going to ban vending machines all over.”