As of 1 May cigarettes, tobacco and related products will not be sold as previously announced. The former minister of health Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made the announcement during a briefing on Wednesday night.
She stated that strong opposition had been received during the public comment process. “Even at the press conference itself, there was quite an opposition. Even in the public comments there was quite a lot of opposition. More than 2000 people opposed it.
The government took that into consideration, debated the matter, looked at it and decided that we must continue as we are when it comes to cigarettes, tobacco products and related and we should not open the sale of products,” Dlamini-Zuma explains.
it’s given that the reasons are health related;
“As you know, besides the effects of tobacco on the person’s lungs but also the way tobacco is shared does not allow for social distancing but also encourages the spread of the virus because when people share cigarettes, if one has the virus it will be spread among them.”
“Even those who do zol. Sometimes when they zol they put saliva on the paper and then zol and then share that zol and it means if one of them has the virus, they are moving saliva from one to the other.”
During the briefing, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma emphasised that no smoking products will be on sale under level 4 of the lockdown.
“The sale of tobacco and cigarettes is not allowed. It hasn’t been allowed and is still not allowed just like all forms of liquor.” She stated.