People take to the streets in national protest over cigarette ban

People take to the streets in national protest over cigarette ban

- A nationwide protest is taking place in response to the government's ongoing ban on smoking during the Covid-19 pandemic

- The protest will take place in 13 different locations and will take the form of a slow drive through the streets

- Linda Barnard from Smokers Unite South Africa made assurances that the protests will remain peaceful and the purpose is to make the government aware about how people feel

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On Saturday, angry protestors took the streets across the country in response to the smoking ban.

Briefly.co.za learned that the protest will follow social distancing and take place in the form a slow drive in 13 different parts of the country.

Linda Barnard from Smokers Unite South Africa, one of the protestors, said that the protests will be peaceful and try and put pressure on the government to lift the ban on smoking according to SABC.

People take to the streets in national protest over cigarette ban

Smokers Unite SA will be taking part in the nationwide protest. Photo credit: @Linda Barnard
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“We are riding up against our government. We are fighting to get our rights back. We are fighting against the farm murders, we are fighting against gender-based-violence and then we are also fighting to get the ban that’s implemented for the alcohol and cigarettes lifted. We have decided on a slow drive because many people say but ‘ja what is the slow drive going to do? You have to do violence.’ I don’t want any person to get hurt. I want to be like that little mosquito that irritates the crap out of you at night when you are trying to sleep.”

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that any results achieved by the lockdown ban on tobacco have been undone, according to a recent study. Prices on the black market are continuing to climb and the Fair Trade Tobacco Association, which is currently challenging the ban, has enjoyed a big slice of the pie.

This is according to the Economics of Excisable Products Research Unit, which found that the price of tobacco had spiked by 250%.

Around 23 000 citizens took part in the survey, revealing that citizens were paying an average of R5.69 per cigarette or R114 per pack.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Trevor Gumbi has taken to social media to reveal that he has decided to quit smoking. The comedian has joined thousands of South Africans who have quit smoking amid the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

The sale of cigarettes was banned when the country went into lockdown a few months ago in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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