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South Africa instituted its ban on the sale of cigarettes in late March, 2020.
South Africa instituted its ban on the sale of cigarettes in late March, 2020.
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The mix of Covid-19 and diseases like HIV and tuberculosis creates "a toxic concoction" with the potential to have a devastating impact on the lung health of populations with enhanced lung risks in South Africa, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday.

British American Tobacco SA and other cigarette manufacturers including tobacco farmers are challenging Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's Covid-19 lockdown ban on the sale of tobacco products.

BATSA is South Africa's largest cigarette manufacturer, whose brands include Dunhill, Peter Stuyvesant and Lucky Strike.

The minister has indicated that the aim of the ban is to stop people from smoking so that they do not get Covid-19 in a more severe form.

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