CAPE TOWN – The vaping market, which has created more than 4 000 jobs in the wholesale and retail sectors, is expected to generate an additional 10 000 jobs in South Africa over the next 10 years.
This was according to Vaping Products Association of SA (VPASA) spokesperson, Fidel Hadebe, who said with a growth rate in value terms that was double that of formal tobacco-based products, the industry had positively towards the economy.
Hadebe disclosed this during the Vaping Conference 2018 held in Sandton, Johannesburg last week.
He, however, said the Draft Tobacco Bill, if kept as is, would serve as a hindrance to the industry’s growth. “We believe that the Bill as it stands is over-reaching, short of outlawing vaping products. Just to cite one example, the Bill as it stands makes it illegal for traders in vaping products to brand their trading spaces – which they pay rent for by the way.”
Hadebe said bottle stores and car-dealerships are recognisable from a distance through signage but traders in vaping products are not allowed to use this simple identification practice to enable users of vaping products to know where to buy these products.