The University of Cape Town or UCT’s Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products or REEP, recently conducted an online survey of the behaviour of smokers under lockdown.
Researchers added that the government’s intended reasons for the ban were apparently related to concerns regarding the detrimental health effects of smoking, as well as the desire for people not to share cigarettes, but this has been ineffective.
The survey also showed that prices of cigarettes in the black market have increased up to 250% since the ban was implemented in March. The study was conducted over two weeks in June with 23 000 respondents participating.
Joining us now is Professor Corné van Walbeek, the director of the Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products or REEP at UCT, who conducted this survey,
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From: SABC News