Data suggests little social distancing among smokers

CATEGORY: Media and COVID19
DATE: 18 May 2020
AUTHOR: Brakpan Herald

While thousands, if not millions of South African smokers yearn for a pull of a cigarette, others are strongly against the sale of tobacco products.

According to research conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HRSC), South Africa has around eight million smokers. The current ban on the purchase of tobacco products during the lockdown is a crucial element of government’s efforts to reduce the impact of the virus on patients and the healthcare system, taken into account the number of available ventilators and other hospital equipment.

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