The anti-smokers who applaud the proposed legislation on smoking ought to hang their heads in shame.
When Ireland and Scotland went the same route, 10 percent of the hospitality industry had to close down, and I don’t see that SA should be any different.
SA’s unemployment rate is among the highest in the world, and you anti-smokers want to add to it? Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi should have had all these facts at his fingertips before he suggested the proposed legislation.
In 1999 the American Environmental Authority did research about workplace smoking. They placed smoking machines and smoke absorbing machines 90cm apart, and found that a non-smoker “smoked” the equivalent of one cigarette in 48 000 hours.
Put in perspective, if a non-smoker worked in an office where half the people smoked, and he worked from age 20 to age 65, eight hours a day, five days a week, with a fortnight’s holiday, no public holidays or sick leave, he “smoked” the equivalent of two cigarettes in 45 years!
And out in the open it must be a million times less.
This information has now disappeared from the institute’s website. Some big corporation threatening to withdraw sponsorship?
Peter N Marais
Tokai, Western Cape