ANALYSIS: Govt has cited the science behind SA’s cigarette ban – but it doesn’t add up

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In papers filed with the high court in Pretoria this week, the South African government for the first time disclosed the scientific studies it says led to the decision to ban cigarette sales during the coronavirus lockdown.

In a 17-page affidavit in response to an action by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks at length about the harm cigarettes do generally, and the near-immediate benefits that quitting brings.

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