Plea to repeal ban on sales of alcohol & cigarettes in South Africa

Plea to repeal ban on sales of alcohol & cigarettes in South Africa

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Kelly-Anne Phillips started this petition to President Cyril Ramaphosa and

This ad hoc law fails to adequately consider the harms that its enforcement will do to the many vulnerable individuals who suffer from substance use disorders.

Especially in the case of alcohol, many of those with substance use disorders cannot simply stop using drugs. If they do, they risk developing a range of symptoms including psychosis, seizures and ultimately death. Most people who have problematic drug use rely on more than one drug to get them through the day. Therefore, someone who is addicted to say, heroin, but can get by with alcohol, cannabis or tobacco, will not be able to cope unless they break the law and buy those drugs on the black market.

It said while those who had the resources were able to buy and stock up before the lockdown, users with less means were expected to confine themselves in cramped, hot, poorly ventilated shacks and houses. And they have to do without drugs that are essential for some and provide some relief for others who find it difficult to cope with the dire situation they find themselves in.

This demand invites criminal elements to meet this need by increasing the supply of contraband alcohol and tobacco.

We suggest the ban should be reversed as soon as possible.

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