The health department is looking into regulating e-cigarettes. This was revealed by the department of health spokesperson Joe Maile.
Speaking on the SABC’s Morning Live, Maile says e-cigarettes are as dangerous as cigarettes contain nicotine. Maile says some cigarettes actually do have tobacco.
E-cigarettes allow users to inhale nicotine-laced vapour but contain no tobacco.
Tuesday marked World No Tobacco Day and the health department announced that it would amend smoking laws in the country.
Maile says the regulation of e-cigarettes will take pressure off of government to determine what is safe and what is not.
“So we need to make sure that we deal with the issue of e-cigarettes once and for all – because otherwise it creates a problem that it must be us, the onus is on us to check whether this one has nicotine or it does not have nicotine, we don’t think that is the way to go.”
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