South Africa: e-cigarette regulation, June 2022

E-cigarette products with nicotine are subject to the pharmaceutical regime in South Africa as nicotine is a scheduled drug under the Medicines and Related Substances Act. However, in practice, e-cigarette products with nicotine are widely available on the black market due to weak law enforcement. Despite industry efforts, the 2018 bill to regulate nicotine-containing and nicotine-free e-cigarettes is unlikely to be passed in 2022, as it has not yet been tabled.

This report offers a detailed overview of the current regulatory framework in place for e-cigs and related products in South Africa, covering all policy areas from taxation and notification to advertising, labelling and packaging, and retail channel restrictions.

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Table of contents

  1. Executive summary
  2. Outlook
  3. South Africa : the basics
  4. National regulatory framework
  5. Age restrictions
  6. Product restrictions
  7. Labelling and packaging
  8. Obligation to notify
  9. Retail restrictions
  10. Public usage
  11. Advertising and marketing
  12. Taxation
  13. Enforcement
  14. Case law
  15. Relevant law
  16. Relevant bodies and organisations

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