KZN Health Committee welcomes continued tobacco ban

KZN Health Committee welcomes continued tobacco ban

The chairperson of KwaZulu-Natal's Portfolio Committee on Health has welcomed the continued ban on the sale of tobacco products. 

Cigarettes in ashtray

In his address to the nation on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that no one will be allowed to sell tobacco products – when the country moves to alert Level 3 on 1 June. 

Portfolio Committee Chair, Sibongiseni Dhlomo says they are pleased about this. 

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He says the ban is justified and based on advice from the World Health Organisation

Smoking impairs lung function, making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other respiratory diseases.

"Both tobacco and COVID-19 are fighting for the lungs. They affect the lungs. So I am very happy about [the ban]."

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