Theme: It is Your Right to a Smoke-Free Public Place
Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) from Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), on 23 May 2018, celebrated “World No-Tobacco Day” in Plettenberg Bay.
The purpose of this event was to increase awareness amongst restaurant owners/managers with regards to smoking in public places and the awareness of smoke-free regulations.
EHPs conducted door-to-door inspections at selected restaurants in the town and issued notification letters and information material to owners/managers. Informative material relating to the impacts of smoking in public places, were also handed over to the restaurants, for further distribution to their clients. During discussions with owners/managers, it was emphasised that the Tobacco Products Control Act, 1993 (Act No.83 of 1993), relating to smoking in public and certain outdoor places, is prescriptive regarding where people may smoke and where smoking is prohibited.
Due to continuous inspections and awareness campaigns, there is a recorded decrease in smoking transgressions and complaints. However, the restaurant industry is concerned that, fully implementing tobacco related laws and regulations, might negatively affect their profit margins, as they might lose customers.
It was emphasised that no smoking in partially enclosed public places such as balconies, covered patios, verandas, walkaways and parking areas, is allowed. Smoking is only permitted in a ventilated, designated smoking area separated from the rest of the restaurants by a solid partition and an entrance door on which the sign “Smoking Area” is visibly displayed.
Every citizen has a constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being. In addition, citizens have a right to complain when someone smokes in their presence in any area where smoking is prohibited.
Report any transgressions of the Act to the EHP of the Eden DM at: Knysna (Tel: 044-382 7214), Bitou (044-501 1603), George (044-803 1522), Mossel Bay (044-693 0006), Oudtshoorn (044-272 2241) or Hessequa (028-713 2438).
Did You Know?
- Adults may not smoke in a car when a passenger under 12 years is present.
- Smoking is not allowed inside premises (including private homes) used for commercial childcare activities, such as crèches, or at any learning or tutor centres.
- No person under 18 years is allowed in a designated smoking area.
- The owner and the individual smoking who breaks the smoking law will be fined.
Caption: Environmental Health Practitioners: Ms Zoleka Goniwe (2nd, from left) explains the Tobacco Smoking Regulations to a Restaurant Manager, with Ms Maxwelline Fatuse (2nd from right) and Nokuphiwa Mbali (right).