Tobacco counts in SA’s economy Draft legislation threatens jobs and individual freedom

Francois van der Merwe*, Chairman, Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) & Leon Louw, Executive Director, Free Market Foundation (FMF)
17 July 2018
1100 for 1130
1130 to 1300 including light lunch
FMF, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston Gate Office Park, Bryanston (opposite Sandton Clinic)

Draft Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill is physical health fanaticism and an assault on mental health, human dignity and personal liberty.  And – it threatens jobs and the economy

SpeakersFrancois van der Merwe*, Chairman, Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) & Leon Louw, Executive Director, Free Market Foundation (FMF

TISA is concerned that the draft controls will damage a major industry that contributes jobs and wealth into the economy. This heavy handed legislation has unintended consequences and should be reconsidered not least because of the link between illicit trade and extreme regulatory proposals.

Francois van der Merwe will cover:

  • The significant contribution of the tobacco sector in South Africa
  • Main problem areas in the draft Bill
  • TISA’s key concerns and proposals
  • Latest statistics on the illicit tobacco trade in South Africa

Leon Louw will address: Fake Tobacco Control = Real People Control / Remove the right to smoke = suppression of free will / Is your “bad habit” next?

  • Tobacco is inert and cannot be controlled. All control is people control.
  • Bill treats human beings as state-owned biological organisms devoid of minds and souls.
  • Erosion of consumer protection is parading as business regulation.
  • The phony impact assessment conceals inconvenient truths about the erosion of consumer rights.

*Francois van der Merwe has been actively involved in the tobacco industry for more than thirty years. As a tobacco farmer he has a close understanding of farmer challenges, but also of the many issues faced by the manufacturing sector. He is currently the Chairman of the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA), which deals with matters pertaining to farmers, processors, merchants, manufacturers, exporters and importers of tobacco products, with a mandate into the SACU region. Since 1998 he has represented South Africa at the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) as a member, Chairman of the Africa region and also as the global President for four years (2012 – 2016).

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