Second hand smokers must be protected, says health organisations

JANE-FURSE

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) and the South African Medical Association (SAMA) welcomes the draft control of tobacco products bill which will help limit smoking.

DENOSA chairperson in Limpopo Monyaki Lesiba said they are also worried by the increasing numbers of the youth that is smoking.

 Monyaki said any bill that will regulate control over sowing, seeing and packaging especially to the youth they accept full support.

He said they are concerned that 20% of the country population is still smoking and some are dying as a result.

Dr Sizeka Maweya, SAMA chairperson, said it is disappointing to have smoking designed areas in hospital and they must be banned.

Maweya said more than 42 thousand people die annually from tobacco related illnesses in South Africa, which is higher than the death toll from road accidents

He said most people who are affected are second hand smokers like young children, pregnant women, and people with vulnerable health.

“Smokers must take responsibility to protect other people from second hand smoking and government must strengthen legislation,” said Maweya.

Thapelo Motseo

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