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Don't even think of placing your designated smoking area within 10 metres of the entrance of your building...

by , 31 May 2013
As World No Tobacco Day is marked today, 31 May, Davao City in the Philippines has warned its citizens of a new anti-smoking law that comes into effect in the city today. This has an effect on where smokers are allowed to smoke in the city, as well as the minimal distance they're allowed to smoke when they're outside an entrance to a building. Here's how South Africa measures up under the Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA)...

 
Friday, 31 May isn't just World No Tobacco Day.
 
Fittingly, it's also the first day of the enforcement of a new comprehensive anti-smoking law in Davao City in the Philippinnes, says GMANetwork.
 
 As a result, smokers have been warned to only smoke in designated smoking areas where they're allowed to smoke, or else they'll face penalties.
 
The new anti-smoking law makes it illegal for anyone to smoke in government-owned vehicles, accommodation, bars, hotels, enclosed or partially enclosed public places, public buildings, outdoor spaces like cemeteries, concerts and workplaces.
 
While much of these areas are also 'no smoking areas' in South Africa, you are still allowed to smoke in them if there's a specific designated smoking area.
 
Make sure your designated smoking area's at least 10 metres away from the entrance to your building…
 
At best, smokers can smoke a minimum of 10 metres away from the entrance and exit of establishments and in areas where people pass, says GMANetwork.
 
In South Africa, you also have to comply with 'minimal distance' requirements under the Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) when it comes to smoking.
 
If you allow smoking in your workplace, best you make sure your business' smoking room complies with these TPCA requirements if you allow smoking in your business, because proposed regulations to the TPCA will impose even more restrictions, says Kerusha Narothan on FSP Business
 
Protect non-smoking employees by placing your designated smoking area at least five metres from where they work!
 
For example, remember that the designated smoking area must be at least five metres away from non-smoking employees or you'll face a R50,000 penalty for non-compliance, says The Health and Safety Training Manual. 
 
Added to this, the designated smoking area must meet similar regulations to those just instituted in the Philippines, as it must be at least 10 metres from a window, ventilation inlet, doorway or entrance to a public place. 
 
The reason?
 
These are defined as 'public places' under the TPCA, explains FSPBusiness. 
 
There you have it. Make sure your designated smoking area complies with these minimal distances to ensure your business complies with the TPCA this World No Tobacco Day!

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