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JOHANNESBURG - Since the ban on cigarette sales came into effect, government has appeared unwilling to listen to arguments about addiction and the negative impact of forcing smokers to quit cold-turkey.
Well, one senior government official appears to have gone against that view.
The head of the Gauteng Health Department Mkhululi Lukhele is justifying why he authorised a treatment centre to buy 60 cartons of cigarettes under lockdown.
He did so days after the tobacco sales ban was officially gazetted and smokers' legal supplies were cut off.
The department approved the shipping request on the basis that the recipients of the cigarettes were experiencing withdrawal symptoms affecting their health.
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Since the ban on cigarette sales came into effect, government has appeared unwilling to listen about the negative impact of forcing smokers to quit cold-turkey. One senior government official appears to have taken it upon himself to go against that view. Courtesy #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/ESm6dkLwdE— eNCA (@eNCA) August 7, 2020