- While the ban on cigarettes remains, South Africans are getting more frustrated
- 83% of our readers think the cigarette ban should be scrapped
- Most of our readers say that smoking helps them relieve stress during these stressful times
The lockdown has been frustrating for many South Africans, however, what has made a lot of people unhappy with the cigarette ban. Briefly.co.za asked our readers if cigarettes should be sold and why.
Out of the 64 000 votes, 83% of our readers wanted the ban on cigarettes to be lifted.
Briefly.co.za learned that a general theme running through the comments is that smoking is a powerful way to relieve stress and the lockdown is very stressful.
Here are our readers' reasons why they feel the cigarette ban should be lifted:
Joyce Mathabo Adoro" "Yes to smoke for other people is to release stress n tension while the other people can have tablets but we r differ I'm not smoking but I saw when u need that they can't even hear u please release the cigarette they r adult they can control them selfs n play safe."
Daniélle Engelbrecht: "I smoke to reduce stress. With lockdown, working from home is even more stressful because you have to be an employee, mom, and teacher all at once and still make deadlines while cooking, cleaning, and learning. Too much stress = anxiety attacks and not smoking increases this as well as irritation and numerous other proven symptoms from withdrawal! Some cancer patients who have been smoking ages, need to smoke to keep their veins open and lower clogging. Not smoking outs a tremendous amount of pressure on the body and can worsen your symptoms because your immune system is weekend even more from withdrawal!"
Cindy Ann Barnard: "I have to sit inside of my house, cooking, cleaning, and homeschooling all day. The only time I get to myself is when I sit in my backyard enjoying a cigarette. I don't drink nor do drugs, so I should get to enjoy my only guilty pleasure."
Celeste Nel: "Yes x10000. My right to choose and not everyone is a health risk as been referred to as the "poor" with the zol and skyf. If we buy cigarettes legally and smoke at home, whilst under lockdown then we are not a health risk. Don't go look for excuses just because you didn't get your way with alcohol. The economy is suffering, let us help by allowing buying of cigarettes. SO YES YES YES."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that British American Tobacco South Africa has revealed it won't be legally trying to legally strongarm the state into lifting the current bans.
The company had opted out of taking the matter to court, explaining in a statement that:
"We have taken the decision not to pursue legal action at this stage but, instead, to pursue further discussions with the government on the formulation and application of the regulations under the Covid-19 lockdown."
This comes after the group received a response to the letter sent to the National Command Council, with BATSA saying it is "convinced that by working together we can find a better solution that works for all South Africans and removes the threat of criminal sanction from 11 million tobacco consumers in the country".
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