Rookie mistakes: Why NDZ’s cig ban was a disaster before it even ...

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Rookie mistakes: Why NDZ’s cig ban was a disaster before it even began

A study at UCT found that just 9% of people managed to quit during lockdown following the ban on cigarettes

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SA’s lockdown ban on tobacco sales was doomed to failure, and 93% of smokers maintained their habit by paying up to 250% more for illicit supplies. 

These are some of the findings from an online survey of more than 23,000 smokers carried out by the Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products at the University of Cape Town. 

Announcing the ban on March 25, co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said sharing cigarettes and pipes posed greater risks of Covid-19 transmission. She also referred to the presumption that smokers who became infected were more likely to develop serious illness. ..

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