[Listen] Stricter regulation of tobacco and e-cigarettes – a broader perspective

Sakeliga Team Members_Gerhard van Onselen

Tobacco and e-cigarettes are controversial products. The health authorities in South Africa are envisaging legislation for even stricter regulation of such products.

Gerhard van Onselen (Sakeliga) talks to James Kemp about the decision to regulate such products more strictly.

Van Onselen believes that such regulations will produce several concerning consequences such as evident centralisation of control over people’s choices and preferences, and harm to property and commercial rights of companies.

He says such further regulations should be approached carefully considering important trade-offs.

Another consideration is the experience that strict regulation and prohibition of such products are often not successful, that regulation implies huge cost to taxpayers, and itself often leads to other harmful policy consequences.