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Laws about smoking
If the statistics don’t scare you, the law just might. In 2000, South Africa became one of the first countries to ban smoking in public places when it introduced the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act. These laws were tightened even further in 2009. Here are some laws you might not know about (that could save your health):
- You may not smoke in a car (even in your own car) if a passenger is under 12 years old.
- The owner of a restaurant, pub, bar or workplace can be fined up to R50 000 if the premises breach the smoking laws.
- The fine for any smoker lighting up in a non-smoking zone is R500.
- You may not smoke in partially enclosed public places like covered patios, verandas, balconies, walkways or parking areas.
- You may not smoke on premises used for commercial childcare activities, or for schooling or tutoring, including private homes.
- Sweets and toys that look like tobacco products are banned.
- No more than 25% of a public place can be designated as a smoking area and the area needs to be physically isolated from the rest of the interior.