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Media release: New Tobacco Bill anti-poor and racist; impact assessment missing

 22 May 18
The FMF continues to be a strong voice frequently heard in the media against draconian anti-tobacco legislation and, specifically, the recently published Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, 2018 – the Tobacco Bill.…

Media release: Small business dismisses new tobacco Bill as war against the poor

 15 May 18
A coalition of 14 associations, representing over 1.3 million South Africans working in the restaurant, tavern and hospitality industry, and in small business, have written to government to voice their collective dismay over the extreme measures prop…

Media release: Plain packaging: Five years of failure! An open letter to WHO Director Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus

22 Mar 18   FMF Media Release
“Five Years of Failure!” That’s the message a global coalition of 62 think tanks and rights advocates are sending to the new WHO Director Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus in reference to the plain packaging policy the organization continues to promote.…

Angels and demons and the draconian liquor amendment bill

19 Mar 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
Liquor is such a demonised product. It is advocated almost as a lethal poison that evil-minded producers and retailers would wish to administer.…

Raising the drinking age is condescending and tyrannical; doesn’t work either

07 Mar 18   Martin van Staden
Government appears intent on steaming ahead with the Liquor Amendment Bill, which will, among other things, raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 21.…

Tomorrow it is likely to be your turn to have a freedom you value curtailed

13 Dec 17   Leon Louw
In a democratic society, can government collude with citizens to abuse and undermine the freedoms ordinary South Africans died to ensure? Unfortunately, it can.…

Tobacco packaging: Anything but plain

29 Nov 17   Chris Hattingh
Why are smokers treated so badly? When justifying the proposed introduction of plain packaging and trying to legalise moral, ethical conduct in South Africa, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi can seem quite comical to those who understand th…

Core aspects of anti-tobacco proposals fall short of constitutional criteria

27 Nov 17   Leon Louw
What, if anything, does our constitution tell us about anti-smoking laws and policies?…

Media release: The Department of Health’s proposals are an effective ban on smoking

27 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
Government’s interference a threat to rights of individuals, private property owners and bad for business…

Media release: Department of Health plays Mary Poppins

14 Nov 17   FMF Media Release
Aaron Motsoaledi: “…why do kids need nannies? Because there are certain things which they can’t do for themselves; they need somebody to take care of them. We are playing that role…”…

Red herrings and bureaucrats: What are they smoking?

13 Nov 17   Leon Louw
In a democratic society, can government collude with citizens to abuse and undermine the freedoms ordinary South Africans died to ensure? Unfortunately, it can.…

Competition Commission supposedly saves South Africans

28 Sep 17   Chris Hattingh
The South African government is bent on saving defenceless South Africans yet again.…

Reviewing freedom of choice, as plain packaging tobacco rules considered

07 Jun 17   Martin van Staden
Freedom of choice flies out the window when so-called ‘bad' choices can summarily be overruled or interfered with by government.…

Media release: World No Tobacco Day: 31 May 2017 – FOCUS: Plain Packaging

30 May 17   FMF Media Release
“Consumers, by definition, include us all. They are the largest economic group in the economy, affecting and affected by almost every public economic all.…