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June 2018

Public place smoking ban a disaster for black-owned township businesses [South Africa]

From: Business Report | Opinion

Government’s proposal to ban all indoor smoking, to remove closed off indoor smoking sections, and to introduce outdoor smoking restrictions was designed without any recognition of the reality of township life, says the writer.

JOHANNESBURG – The Department of Health has proposed a new law, which will ban all indoor smoking, the removal of closed off indoor smoking sections, and the introduction of outdoor smoking restrictions. Quite simply, these provisions will be a disaster for thousands of black-owned taverns and related small businesses in townships. In essence, the proposed law is well intentioned but it fails to take account of township realities.


One toke over the line: Commons, Senate battle over limits on home-grown pot, branding

From: Calgary Sun | Opinion

Mark Bonokoski


Right now, street gangs, outlaw bikers and other criminal elements remain the only dealer in town until the House of Commons reviews the Senate’s recommendations on Bill C-45, makes its decision on the no-goes, and then sends it off for Royal Assent.


Look no further than the cigarette business, where legally-manufactured and highly regulated cigarettes cost upwards to $115 for a carton of 200 smokes in convenience stores, but only $10-$20 for a baggie of contraband cigarettes on the nearest First Nations reserve where smoke shacks and illegal pot dispensaries are now starting to rival each other in numbers.