An initial stakeholder consultation workshop hosted jointly by national treasury and the health department on electronic cigarettes is on the cards.
In a statement, treasury confirmed that the workshop will start the consultation process on the tax treatment of electronic cigarettes.
In Budget 2020, the finance minister, Tito Mboweni, announced that electronic cigarettes will be taxed from 2021.
According to treasury, government is “concerned about the potential long term health harm related to the use of these products.”
Electronic cigarettes include new generation products such as electronic nicotine delivery systems and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems.
Treasury pointed out that the use of e-cigarettes in South Africa was growing.
The workshop is scheduled for the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Midrand on 25 March 2020.
Meanwhile, in Government Gazette 43091, the South African Revenue Service announced the amendment of Schedule 1 of the Customs and Excise Act.
The amendment focuses on the rate of duty for various cuts of chicken.