South Africa has fired up its
anti-smoking campaign with two new laws signed by President Jacob Zuma. They dramatically increase fines, restrict
the marketing of tobacco and also make it illegal for adults to smoke in a car
when a child under 12 is present.
Ucko, director of the National Council Against Smoking, says the laws affect
everybody in South Africa, "not only smokers, but non-smokers as well, by
protecting them from the hazards of second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is not benign. It kills people."
says tobacco smoking in South Africa kills 44,000 people a year.
about three-times more than road accidents.
And around the world, its 5.3 million people. In America, well over 400,000 people die
because of tobacco smoke."
says he has no doubt that the increased penalties will encourage "high
As an example, he points to "our new
penalty, up to 50,000 rand for the person in control of, say, a restaurant, for
not making sure that no one smokes."
That, says Ucko, will be an inducement to make sure that there is no smoking."