Due to the ban on cigarettes, the price of tobacco products has risen steeply which has become a source of confrontation in communities. The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) has said that the ban has not stopped people from smoking. A video released on social media shows a mob confronting a shop owner over the price of cigarettes.
Fita chair Sinenhlanhla Mnguni revealed that the ban has not stopped people from getting their hands on cigarettes. “The contention that smokers, who are admittedly addicted, will simply overcome the addiction and have an alternative available to assist in doing so is simply untenable. History has shown otherwise.
In any event, it is not the second respondent’s role nor perogative to stop people from smoking.” He said that the health effects of smoking does not justify an outright ban and he believes this has turned the population against the lockdown.
In previous news we reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa said that a few factors still need to be considered before South Africa’s tobacco ban is lifted. In a written response to a question posed by the Democratic Alliance, Ramaphosa said that there is no plan in place for lifting the ban: “At this stage, it is difficult to determine when the ban on the sale of tobacco and related products will be lifted.”