South Africa’s cigarette ban backfire

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says there will be no limitations on the sale of tobacco products in South Africa.

The sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes, has been prohibited since the country first introduced a lockdown on 27 March, but will again be available from 00h01 on Tuesday.

In a media briefing on Monday (17 August), Dlamini-Zuma said that there will be no ‘particular’ restrictions unlike those which are applied to alcohol.

She said that the reason tobacco was banned was because of the dangers of Covid-19 as a…

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