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Tobacco packaging: Anything but plain

 29 Nov 17
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…

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

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

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: 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.…

Business Day column: Let us bust the myths and not believe the nonsense in 2017

20 Dec 16   Leon Louw
Since this is my last 2016 column, I was asked by the government to wish readers a joyless festive season and unhappy new year.…