Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
11 Aug 2020
5:43 pm

Tobacco ban is killing smokers

Bernadette Wicks

A pensioner whose lungs have started bleeding, a rape survivor who suffers from anxiety attacks and an educational psychologist driven to the brink of suicide, have all thrown their voices behind a fresh bid to have the ban on tobacco sales overturned.

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Justice for RSA - an NPC, newly formed off the back of a Facebook group called #Smokers Against Lockdown Cigarette Ban - has launched yet another legal challenge to the ban, filing an urgent direct access application with the Constitutional Court last week. This is not the first challenge to the ban since it came into effect back in March. Both the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) and British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) have cases pending before the courts. The North Gauteng High Court in June dismissed Fita’s urgent application to have sales declared lawful and in July, an...