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employment thumb100 Business Report writes that the vaping market, which has apparently created more than 4,000 jobs in the wholesale and retail sectors, is expected to generate an additional 10,000 jobs in SA over the next 10 years.  

This was according to Vaping Products Association of SA (VPASA) spokesperson, Fidel Hadebe, who said with a growth rate in value terms that was double that of formal tobacco-based products, the industry had contributed positively towards the economy.  Hadebe disclosed this during the Vaping Conference 2018 held in Sandton last week.  He, however, warned that the draft Tobacco Bill, if kept unchanged, would serve as a hindrance to the industry’s growth as it was over-reaching.  VPASA chief executive and chairperson, Zodwa Velleman, told the conference of health professionals, lawyers and industry experts that lumping e-cigarettes and cigarettes in the same regulatory basket was “unscientific and potentially devastating”.  She said:  “Vaping products must be regulated separately.  International evidence shows that they are at least 95 percent less harmful based on current evidence and countries that have embraced them, like the UK and the US, have seen their smoking rates plummet in recent years.”

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