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18 May 2020

The great cigarette ban debate

IOL News

Few lockdown regulations have caused as much unhappiness as the ban on the sale of cigarettes.

So it was with relief that smokers – and those supporting their right to smoke – welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa during an address to the nation ahead of moving from level 5 to level 4 restrictions that the ban was to be lifted.

A survey by the HSRC found cigarettes (11.8%) were more accessible than alcohol (2.5%) during lockdown, while an armed robbery at Makro Centurion showed criminals will also go to any lengths to get cigarettes to sell.

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