The government’s spectacular cigarette ban fails: billions of rand lost and hardly anyone quit smoking

The government’s spectacular cigarette ban fails: billions of rand lost and hardly anyone quit smoking
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Data from the latest National Coronavirus Income Dynamics Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) estimate that 85% of smokers continued to smoke during the controversial South African government ban on cigarette sales.

The survey, released on Wednesday (February 17), shows that only 8% of South Africans quit during the ban, and half of those who quit indicated that they started smoking again when the ban was lifted.

Weighted data from the NIDS-CRAM show that there were approximately 6.7 million adult cigarette smokers (over 18 years of age) in South Africa prior to the start of the shutdown.

Of those surveyed, 8% indicated that they quit smoking during the sales ban period (~ 536,000 people), 85% indicated that they continued to smoke, and 7.5% declined to answer if they continued …

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