South African health minister wins first round of tobacco battle

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 12 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:698
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa's health minister, Dr Nkosazana Zuma, has won the first round of her battle with tobacco companies over her plan to introduce tough antismoking legislation.

    Last week the High Court in Cape Town dismissed an application brought by the tobacco industry to stop Dr Zuma presenting her bill to parliament. The bill will drastically curtail tobacco advertising, virtually end sponsorship of sporting events by tobacco companies, and ban smoking in workplaces and public venues.

    The tobacco industry asked the court to force …

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