Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
2 minute read
26 Feb 2021
5:30 am

Sin tax increase ‘won’t discourage substance abusers’ – Sanca

Asanda Matlhare

'Sanca believes that not only the government needs this type of information, but that all citizens should be educated that addiction is a medical condition.'

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As the furore raged around the sin tax increase by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his budget speech this week, with dire warnings around people flocking to criminal syndicates for cheaper products, it is the people trying to shake their addictions who have been left out of the picture. Adrie Vermeulen, the national director of the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (Sanca), said: “Addiction affects the specific part of our brain that controls our logical thinking. "That is why people with addictive disorders cannot logically make a choice not to use the substance again and again....