Cigarette shipment to rehab centre justified: Lukhele

File: South Africa moves into eased lockdown regulations from Friday, 1 May.

File: The sale of cigarettes remains prohibited.

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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.

READ: NCCC submits tobacco ban motivation

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.

READ: HSRC: Most citizens sticking to tobacco ban

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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