Don’t Lift The Ban Against Sale of Cigarettes In South Africa (COVID-19 Lockdown)

Don’t Lift The Ban Against Sale of Cigarettes In South Africa (COVID-19 Lockdown)

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Jade Smith started this petition to People of South Africa and

There seems to be much debate regarding the ban of smoking during the lockdown period in South Africa. 

The reason I am raising the topic is to create awareness that this is a disease of the lungs and one needs one’s lungs in order to help combat the Covid-19 virus if one gets exposed to it. Smoking creates complications that could lead to higher risk of lung diseases such as pneumonia which could increase the mortality rate of those that contract the virus. There are not enough respirators worldwide and in our country therefore it is our responsibility as citizens to prevent further complications in the health sector. 

Citizens should also think about the amount of money being spent on something that is essentially destroying ones health in a time where many house holds are battling to make ends meet and this money used for cigarettes could possibly be reallocated.

Hypothetically, if a smoker had to get Covid-19 and end up in hospital, this would mean the patient would have to go through withdrawal whilst also fighting the disease thereby also making the jobs of healthcare workers increasingly difficult as they’d have to treat the withdrawal symptoms that include anger, frustration and stress. 

Transmission of the virus is more likely to occur amongst those that share cigarettes/joints as well as due to the act of hand to mouth contact movements with the cigarette that increase the chance of contracting the virus.

We look to our leaders in these times and it is the power of those at the top that will see that this country survives. 

The measure of a man is what he does with his power. We have faith in our government and in you Mr President. 

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