Hello, vaping community! Welcome back to another informative post from your trusted source for all things vaping - Smoke Organic Store. Today, we're going to delve deeper into the current laws, regulations, and tax increases around vaping in South Africa. Our aim is to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a vaper in our beautiful country.
The Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill
The most significant piece of legislation affecting vapers in South Africa is the new Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill. This bill, which is currently open for public comment, outlines new regulations and prohibitions for tobacco smoking and electronic cigarettes or vaping.
The bill proposes several changes that could significantly impact the vaping community. These include a complete ban on the display of all tobacco and related products across all retail channels, even in specialist tobacco stores. This ban includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, vapes, hookah pipes, and heat-not-burn devices.
Tax Increases on Vaping Products
As of 1 June 2023, nicotine and nicotine-substitute solutions in vaping products are taxed at a flat excise-duty rate of R2.90/ml. This new tax will affect disposables the least and e-liquids sold in large containers the most. For example, a 3ml AirsPops is subject to an excise tax of R8.70, plus 15% VAT on excise, which would increase the price of a unit from R95 to R105.01. On the other hand, a 100ml e-liquid container will see its price increase by more than 119% to R613.50, with a total tax incidence of 54%.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
The proposed bill prescribes severe penalties for non-compliance. For example, displaying a single packet of cigarettes on the counter, even by mistake, could result in a penalty of 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine. The vaping community has expressed concern that these penalties are extreme and could severely damage small businesses.
Public Reaction and Controversy
The proposed bill has sparked controversy among smokers and non-smokers alike. Some people believe that the new regulations will protect the public from the health risks associated with smoking and vaping. Others, however, feel that the proposed penalties are too harsh and that the bill could criminalise hard-working legal businesses.
Potential Ban on Sales
There is also a potential ban on the sale of vaping products being discussed. This could have a significant impact on the vaping community and industry in South Africa. However, as of now, this is still under discussion and has not been implemented.
Your Rights and Responsibilities
As a vaper in South Africa, it's important to stay informed about the current laws and regulations. Always ensure that you are vaping responsibly and adhering to the age restrictions and guidelines set by health authorities. Remember, vaping devices and e-liquids should only be purchased from reputable retailers who comply with the law.
The vaping laws in South Africa are evolving, and it's crucial for vapers to stay informed about these changes. While the proposed bill and tax increases have sparked controversy, it's important to remember that the goal of these regulations is to protect the health and safety of the public.
We at Smoke Organic Store are committed to providing you with the latest information on vaping laws and regulations. Stay tuned for more updates, and as always, vape responsibly!
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