Will the tobacco ban be rolled into SA's level 3 lockdown regulations?

Will the ban on cigarettes be extended even further, into level three of the lockdown regulations?

2020-05-22 03:39:00 PM

'Smokers should be prepared to pay R20 for a single cigarette or R200 a box for many months to come. The pandemic will be with us in some form until next year, so don't expect tobacco sales to be unbanned before 2021,' he said in a statement on Friday.

Will the ban on cigarettes be extended even further, into level three of the lockdown regulations?

Political party leaders who were part of a virtual meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday told TimesLIVE he was under “great pressure” from business and organised labour to open up the economy.However, co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was “adamant about [the] cigarette ban, explaining the relationship between smoking and Covid-19” when she spoke during the briefing on what level three would entail.

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The minister also said shebeens, taverns, gyms and other areas where people congregated in large numbers would remain closed.Louw said: “As usual with all rushed and ill-conceived regulations, the law of unintended consequences is at play. As at the end of April, Treasury has lost in excess R300m in excise duty from tobacco products, and the illicit trade has been handed the market on a plate and is charging extortionate prices. People have not stopped smoking. Government has turned 11-million smokers into criminals overnight".

"Where is the evidence that tobacco products increase the spread of Covid-19, or why tobacco products are singled out when other goods are shared, such as food and drinks, or communal toilets? Why aren't they banning sugar since studies of Chinese Covid-19 patients shows the death rate was three times higher in patients with diabetes?" asked Louw.

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Why don't you say 'smokers should be prepared to quit smoking?... 🤔 Union Building and Parliament will burn - im taking bets👌 Why ban cigarattes when govt failed to stop foreign nationals in selling illegal cigarattes its no secret they sold to law enforcement agencies as well its a fact It’s ridiculous and satisfying egos of megalomaniacs.

The Government is determined to protect it's citizens .Time to adapt to new changes . To my surprise to unemployment rate it was higher before lockdown and anc government a buzzy enriching themselves and number of unemployed is increasing think of others These anc policies a e one selling cigarettes on black market u dont eve think about people who a employed by these companies to hell with anc

That's bullshit dlaminizumamustfall Cigarettes and Dagga should permanently swap legality. Tobacco is Bad for South Africans!! Yes DlaminiZuma wants to steal some more, the useless uneducated cow with a fake degree Ban ban alcoholban and Ban ban CigaretteBan we don't want coronavirus to spread rapidly in Sa No no no CCT Covid19inSA FlattenTheCurve

Who Cares,SA without British Tobacco Nonsense Is Better. OutlawABrown This may prove to be the nail in this lockdown's coffin. Riots, attacks and vandalism. Ppl had had enough. Xenophobia will rise and it will be ugly. Even better. We will quit! Desperate smokers are beginning to turn to canabis smoking is this what the government wants? Some smokers are smoking for the relief of stress no smoking escalating in aggressive behaviors. God give us the will to choose so if they want to smoke let them smoke it's a choice.

Will keep on supporting foreigners business...and our economy will keep on suffering Many South African media are being used to narrate rubbish and falsehood ... Please don't come her with our propaganda.. Why can't you just report what is in best interest of ours The cigarette ban is obviously for self enrichment of connected anc few, and has NOTHING to do with COVID19. This ban is about CONTROL and infringing of civil rights with NO CONSEQUENCES or ACCOUNTABILITY!

Maybe the big cigarette companies are just too lame to take the corrupt ANC/SACP to court. Lol Sowetan finding ways to work on tweeps' nerves ¬ *he said*, who? Bheki Cele, dlaminizuma? (missed the S) OR Nandi 🤷‍♂️... Aahh kanti it's just some unknown CEO The aim of the government is to get the working class not working. Unemployed - not to worry, here is a R350 grant per month for you and if you have a family, you can now apply for the child grant as well. Money? We, the MYANC will just print more money as we need it!

Most ridiculous regulations ever . More sharing than ever . Ruining the economy from tax perspective and personal cost perspective - only people benefiting are the black market kings ! And we know who they give kick backs to and related to The easiest of confronting this challenge is to quit smoking 🤷🏽‍♂️

People should stop using Covid19SA as an excuse of dictating and misusing their powers, people live with TB and cancer and cigarettes were selling,they even wrote danger of smoking, do the same thing, write covid 19 in cigarettes box let the smokers smoke, what about workers? Some good news 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

I quit Its all about power and looting ... NDZ will not step back into a submissive role again ... If that happens they can kiss 60000 jobs goodbye . This is no longer about stopping the virus it is now become about power. It is no longer a democracy it is now a one party state I hope that the ban can be lifted in level three cause desperation of the smokers is really getting out of hand....

As a non smoker i wont lash on smokers nor speak much but my advice would be,try and quit this may be the right time ...easier said than done but bit by bit one can overcome the bizarre 'ihv seen many who quit Parents will have to use food money to buy expensive sigarette children will suffer Stupid story bullshit

TB has been around much longer than any disease and also effects the lungs but no cigarette ban....covid comes and suddenly there is a ban on cigarettes🤷‍♀️ oh wait only now someone stands to gain financially from illicit trade and they are in a position to call the shots now😱 A smart economic decision would be to sell cig and alc at black market prices. I promise you consumers of these drugs will not be able to cope for one month and they will stop protesting.

Who said this ? This is no longer about Pandemic 🍺🍾 Loose cigarette is R4 in the township. Where did you get the R20 from? Did u learn or master pronouns at school? Just asking for a frnd😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Already we are paying R120 for a pack and still buying! It was hard but I have not been smoking since from the beginning of lockdown

Tobacco products are banned for health reasons. Live with it. I am sure , they think these articles with cause a smokers revolution, kuphi khona..😂😂😂 TB has been around much longer than any disease and also effects the lungs but no cigarette ban....covid comes and suddenly there is a ban on cigarettes🤷‍♀️ oh wait only now someone stands to gain financially from illicit trade and they are in a position now to call the shots😱

😂😂Did I just hear ' vokon moer ' from Boksburg? Poor reporting Batlabe Ba Rata,What is Cigarettes after All? They must expect a high crime rate cause ha.a mntaka bawo We don't care... Even if is R100 we don't care SowetanLive your reporting is below the standards. Who is 'he' exactly? Who said so? 'He said'who?

I believe this called for a strike So smokers are expected to buy them from where again? why do I get the feeling that you know something we perhaps dont know?. War loading... If this is true, Kopdoek is going to become even richer and SARS is going to collapse. No sin tax for another 6 months and no personal or company tax from white owned companies. Do the math.

shame this politicians never had toys as kid to play with, now they think authority is a toy, even if it is used badly So these guys are promoting illegal selling of cigarettes they must arrest the author because its been burned so where do they sell cigarettes with R20 hey wena maarn 🤣🤣🤣 Fokkof Whose busy making such calls Mara😥

Where will that cigarrete that cost that much come from cos it is banned dlaminizumamustfall Huh? I am not a smoker nor am I a drinker but this is ridiculous now This is just clickbait and not proper journalism 🙄 I made a good decision to quit as early as possible. It's now 3 full weeks without any smoke. My last one was on May 01 2020 around 16:30. I feel sorry for those who struggle with cravings 😔

I rather quite once and for all

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