New Tobacco Control Bill A Piercing Jab to Botswana tobacco sector.

New Tobacco Control Bill A Piercing Jab to Botswana tobacco sector

Tobacco traders have cried out to the Presidency of Botswana to show them leniency regarding to the signing of the Tobacco Control Bill No.9 of 2021, which has already gone through parliament despite criticism and is said to have hard done the sector.

The Tobacco Control Bill was published in March 2021 and its objective is to repeal and re-enact the Control of Smoking Act (Cap. 65:04), as a way to make it correspond with the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of which Botswana is a party of.

Participants in the multi-million sector are against the Control Bill as its passing will negatively affect the socio-economy hence bringing the sector to a potential halt.

The Act is said to have been found short but not limited to several provisions such as addressing issues to do with point of sale as well as advertising and cross border advertising, packaging and labelling of tobacco products, and the issue of regulation of  tobacco products.

Under the Bill, the following are some of the crucial aspects to be brought into effect as soon as it is signed by the president:

According to the head of Legal and External Affairs of the British American Tobacco (BAT) Botswana Mdu Lokotfwako, the proposed Tobacco Control Bill has gone through the Third Reading and that it still needs presidential approval for it to become law.

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