06 August 18:09
Govt aware of economic harm of cigarette sale ban - but will lift when safe, court told
Government is well aware of the economic harm caused by the ban on the sale of tobacco products, as well as potential job losses.
It is monitoring the situation closely and will lift the ban as soon as it is safe to do so and would not impact the health care system.Currently, however, it is not yet safe to lift the ban.
These submissions were made on behalf of Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a challenge of the ban by British American Tobacco SA and others in the Western Cape High Court.
06 August 14:42
Breitenbach says jobs losses figure of 296 000 is "exaggerated" and "unreliable". His argument, however, is not to deny the economic impact of the ban.
Government is mindful of the economic harm, says Breitenbach.
06 August 14:39
We are back after the lunch break.
Breitenbach says the ban is temporary. When it is medically safe to do so, the ban will be lifted.
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06 August 12:17
Mix of Covid-19 and other illnesses creates a 'toxic concoction' court hears in BATSA case
On Thursday advocate Karrisha Pillay SC, argued on behalf of the minister that the ban seeks to reduce - and not completely eliminate - incidents of smoking and to free up critical resources to respond to severe cases of Covid-19.
"This court's role is not to assess which side's scientific evidence is better, but the question is whether, having regard to the evidence the minister had regards to, it can be said that she made a reasonable and rational decision," said Pillay.
06 August 12:02
Pillay says the court must consider the evidence of the WHO on the effects of quitting [smoking]: It is therefore logical that stopping smoking will have beneficial effect to both smokers and non-smokers.
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06 August 10:04
Smokers are more likely to develop disease with Covid-19, the statement reads, available research shows that smokers are also at higher just.
WHO is constantly evaluating new research.
06 August 10:04
Question approached: Whether the justification of the ban by Dlamini-Zuma was born out of documents and information relied on, the four sources are named.
These include WHO statements - specifically dealing with tobacco use and Covid-19, dated 11 April 2020.
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06 August 09:52
ICYMI: Cigarette sales ban based on 'perverse justification', court hears
Any benefit achieved by the continued ban on tobacco sales would be outweighed by far by the damage caused, British American Tobacco SA's legal team argued in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.