Here's what you can do when someone lights up in public and it annoys you

Secondary smoke inhalation is harmful. City of Cape Town says you can call the cops on 021 480 7700 and they will take care of it.

In terms of the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act No. 83 of 1993 and 23 of 2007, smoking is not allowed in public places, except specially designated smoking areas.

But some smokers do light up in open spaces such as the entrances to shops, non-demarcated areas in restaurants, and at entrances to office blocks.

Pippa Hudson chats to Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security for the City of Cape Town about the city's law enforcement when it comes to smoking in public spaces.

Smith says the city doesn't have enough manpower to police people smoking in public spaces. Priority is given to more larger crimes and life threatening offences.

But people who are continue to break the law by smoking in public can be reported at 021 480 7700 and a law enforcement officer will be dispatched to assist.

We don’t have the means to proactively drive around looking for smokers in the doorways of buildings. Besides the fact that our predominant duty is to police public spaces, not inside the buildings and entrance ways. We would get massacred if we tried to do so by the public.

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member: Safety and Security City of Cape Town

We get about 6 complaints a month at this stage. Not a lot of pressure from the public on this and it might be that people don’t know where to go to complain

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member: Safety and Security City of Cape Town

Listen to the full conversation below:


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