The following article has been extracted from 2015. Smoking Laws in South Africa. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 14 September 15].

Smoking in public areas is illegal in South Africa

Smoking in public areas is illegal in South Africa.

South Africa became one of the first countries in the world to ban smoking in public places in 2000 when it introduced its Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act. The act put a serious dent in the smoking culture in South Africa, as it prohibited smoking in restaurants, pubs, shopping centres and offices where there is no separate, enclosed smoking room.

The South African smoking laws were tightened even further in 2009 when the government banned smoking in partially enclosed public places such as covered patios, verandas, balconies, walkways and parking areas, as well as smoking in cars where there were children under the age of 12 present. Children under the age of 18 were also prohibited from entering designated smoking areas and purchasing cigarettes.

There are stiff penalties associated with anti-smoking legislation in South Africa, including hefty fines for both the smoker and venue operator. Be aware that smoking is banned on all domestic flights in South Africa; in all airport terminals; in all restaurants, pubs and offices with no designated smoking areas; on all public transport; in cinemas and shopping malls; and even in some hotel rooms (check on booking).

On 1st October 2015 a new law will be implemented whereby smoking in a vehicle with anyone under the age of 18 who is also in the vehicle, will be illegal.

South Africa’s smoking laws could be strengthened even more in future, so keep a look out for ‘no smoking’ signs and only smoke in designated smoking areas.

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