- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has given her reasons on why she is maintaining the cigarette ban
- One of the reasons was that the virus affects lungs and smokers are susceptible to lung infections
- Mzansi social media users were less than pleased with her explanation
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South Africans are not pleased about the ongoing cigarette ban. Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has given her reasons why she is maintaining the ban, but many Mzansi social media users are still not convinced her reasons are valid.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is under fire for her stance on cigarettes in the country. The minister has had to clarify her reasoning behind the cigarette ban continuing during Level 3.
Dlamini-Zuma said that Covid-19 affects the lungs and according to studies conducted in China, smokers generally have lung problems.
"They are more likely than the non-smokers to get a serious disease."
She went on to say that cigarettes are usually shared among smokers and up to five people can smoke one cigarette.
Many have linked Dlamini-Zuma to underworld cigarette trader Adriano Mazzotti but the minister has denied these allegations. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has backed Dlamini-Zuma's stance. Ciggie-loving social media users were not happy with her reasoning. Twitter user sarahcdawson1 said:
"Except it's illogical. Yes cigarettes are bad for your health generally but in the fight against Covid smokers seem to be less affected by the virus than non-smokers. Studies are now looking at why smokers are protected."
"NDZs medical argument about ACE-2 (receptor covid binds to) is also flawed. Whilst smoking does increase ACE-2 production in the lungs & would seemingly put smokers at more risk, the opposite is true. It is the deficiency of ACE-2 as covid progresses that causes the problems."
"That women is crazy, I think they must just lift the ban on smokes because eventually its going to be done. So better sooner than later cause people are smoking fake brands and that's going to kill more people."
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"If it was such a huge risk to Covid-19, why didn't all the other countries in the world prohibit tobacco?"
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma angered many South Africans for some of the questionable lockdown regulations. Local musos, The Kiffness, created a new national anthem based on the recent events and shared the hilarious video.
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