20 April 2020
ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES BAN
ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES BAN
17 APRIL 2020 @15H30
The sale of alcohol and cigarettes is prohibited.
- The ban on alcohol and cigarettes will remain in place throughout the lockdown period.
- Those who attempt to defy the ban will face the full might of the law.
- The ban was not implemented lightly; government carefully weighed the potential impact of the loss of alcohol and cigarette revenue.
- However, the benefits of the continued prohibition on these substances far outweighs any short-term financial gain.
- The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives and protect the health and well-being of our people.
- We dare not lose the gains we have made thus far in containing the spread of COVID-19 through the lockdown.
The health and well-being of our nation is a priority.
- There has been a notable decrease in violent crimes since the lockdown began.
- Trauma units have also experienced a much lower volume in cases since the lockdown.
- Many of the cases treated by trauma units on a typical weekend in South Africa, prior to the lockdown, were alcohol related.
- The WHO has also supported efforts to limit alcohol consumption during the pandemic.
- The WHO said that existing rules and regulations to protect health and reduce harm caused by alcohol, such as restricting access, should be upheld and even reinforced during the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency situations; while any relaxation of regulations or their enforcement should be avoided.
- The WHO has further encouraged governments to enforce measures which limit alcohol consumption.
Smokers are at higher risk from the Coronavirus.
- Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus from hand to mouth.
- Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.
- Smoking products such as hookah pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings.
- The WHO recommends people quit smoking as it makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.
- The benefits of quitting smoking are almost immediate. Within 24 hours of quitting, the body starts to recover and repair. Lung function improves and respiratory symptoms become less severe.
- Respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia also decrease with quitting.
Alcohol abuse destroys lives and families.
- Alcohol abuse causes major health, social and economic hardship in South Africa.
- Alcohol abuse destroys the social fabric of society and leads to the disintegration of families and the destruction of lives.
- Contact crimes in South Africa (murder, attempted murder, assault and sexual offences) are often preceded by alcohol abuse.
- The high prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse among adults in South Africa is responsible for the destruction of families, communities and society.