Covid-19: 41% say they still buy smokes, booze during lockdown

Covid-19: 41% say they still buy smokes, booze during lockdown

- One of the most controversial regulations concerning SA's Covid-19 lockdown has undeniably been the ban on alcohol and cigarettes

- The move to restrict the sale of these items has seen numerous citizens turning to illegal methods of getting their respective fixes

- learned that 41% of readers have continued purchasing these temporarily illicit items

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The restrictions concerning alcohol and tobacco products during the Covid-19 lockdown has caused endless frustration in South Africa.

Thousands have signed petitions urging the government to reconsider their position with the nation currently on Level 4 lockdown. asked readers if the lockdown ban has prevented them, or someone they know, from purchasing cigarettes and alcohol during this time and 41% said that the restriction has done little to keep them from their next 'fix'.

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When asked why they had either continued or stopped buying these products, citizens weighed in with their views. Here's what they had to say:

Jo-Ann Ingram- "I smoke occasionally so have coped without cigarettes however I don't agree that my choices should be taken away from me. Also enjoy a drink however if there are no funds to smoke or drink I do without."
Likeile Masombuka- "I bought just before lockdown. I'm not a heavy drinker so I still have alcohol in my house I didn't even drink on my birthday!"
Nombuso Gumede- "Everything is flowing in my street, booze and cigarettes. I don't know where they got these from and its none of my business, I'm just an observer. I will never interfere or show that I'm curious. I'm still young lol, I don't want to get burned."
Elias Mamadimo Mashaphu- "Yes, but not complaining! I stashed that cash in the bank!"
Humphrey Simamane- "I still drink and smoke although it all has become so expensive and scarce but we just do what we have to do."
Lizelle Fransman- "Why I am a smoker you can't stop in one day. But I have reduced my smoking. That I am glad for. Because I have smoke 20 in one day. Now I smoke the whole week off the 20."

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