Swaziland - will cabinet pass the Tobacco Products Control Bill, 2010..

April 29, 2010 - MBABANE (capital and largest city of Swaziland) - The Cabinet is considering a Bill that will ban smoking in private work places and enclosed areas. The Bill will be known as the Tobacco Products Control Bill, 2010.

Government Press Secretary Macanjana Motsa - This Bill is aimed at countering the Tobacco Industry’s influence through educating the public, changing social norms and protecting present and future generations from devastating health, social, environmental and economic effects of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. The Bill will also regulate the sale and distribution of tobacco products, and further ban advertising, promotion and sponsorship of these products.

The Bill further intends to ban the sale of tobacco products to minors and provide for the prohibition of free distribution and receipt of gifts or cash contents, lotteries or games to or by the purchaser of these products in consideration of such purchases.

A recent study has found death rates were highest for men in Swaziland and for women in Zambia.

Swaziland Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) Fact Sheet -2005

References: Benedict Xaba’s bad news for smokers by CASSANDRA SHAW, Times of Swaziland, 4/28/2010; Tobacco Act waiting for Cabinet nod by Hlengiwe Ndlovu, Swazi Observer, 4/28/2010.

Swaziland has ratified on January 13, 2006 the
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Treaty.