VAAL TRIANGLE - Vaal Triangle and other SA smokers might soon not be able to smoke in any public place - if the Tobacco Control Bill gets approved. Government is now finalising the bill, which aims to close the gap to protect the public from harmful effects of tobacco use. The bill will also target the regulation of e-cigarettes and related products. Deputy health minister Joe Phaahla told Business Tech that the government wants a 100% ban on smoking in public areas and regulation of e-cigarettes and related products. The current smoking law bans smoking in public places but allows for designated smoking areas in places like bars, taverns and restaurants provided that they do not take up more than 25% of the venue.