JOHANNESBURG - The government said one of the reasons for the ban is fear that the products would lead to high transmissions of COVID-19 in poorer communities.
About 4,000 pages have been submitted by the National Coronavirus Command Council on why smoking during the pandemic is risky.
The submission follows a court application by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association to challenge the cigarette ban.
Legal expert Nthabiseng Dubazana said individual rights can be limited when they infringe on the rights of the majority.
Dubazana said if the court comes to the conclusion that the government has acted in the best interests of society, to protect the public's right to health, the ban could be held up.
Specialist physician Dr Adri Kok supports the government's decision to ban tobacco products under Level 3 of the lockdown.
She says smokers are at high risk of developing severe infections, especially with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers.
"The problem with smoking is that you affect your lung's ability to protect yourself," she said.
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