Smoke and mirrors? Public perceptions on banning the sale of cigarettes

CATEGORY: Media and COVID-19
DATE: 4 August 2020
AUTHOR: Narnia Bohler-Muller, Stephen Rule, Martin Bekker & Ben Roberts

There has been a shift in opinion towards lifting the ban on cigarettes. This is revealed in new findings from the UJ/HSRC Covid-19 Democracy Survey.

Thus far, the South African courts have sided with the government when it comes to banning the sale of cigarettes. But there is cynicism about the advantages of its stance, and the matter is about to be reviewed.