Cape Town - Non-smokers may appreciate tighter smoking laws but smokers and a local liquor association are not happy about the proposed rules.
Members of the Township Liquor Industry Association (Tolia) have rejected Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s attempts to push through a ban on smoking in all public places.
Tolia president Gus Ntlokwana said the proposed regulations were completely unrealistic.
“We expect the government to support entrepreneurship, the creation of jobs and the sustainability of our businesses; not to do all they can to impose heavy regulations that force us to treat our smoking customers like lepers and that may put us out of business.”
Ntlokwana said that for as long as he could remember smokers and non-smokers had “coexisted peacefully” and recognised each other’s space.