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Statement of Savera Kalideen (NCAS Executive Director)

Johannesburg, S.A – The high court of South Africa Gauteng division ruled on Friday that the temporary ban on the sale of tobacco and vaping products during the COVID-19 pandemic is rational. It will save  lives and ease the burden on our overstretched health system. 

The National Council Against Smoking welcomes the judgement as a win for publi...

Statement of Sharon Nyatsanza (NCAS Project & Communications Manager)

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives. For many it is an unexpected opportunity to become healthier, by not smoking. The reasons for smoking vary, many adults smoke because of habit or routine, some because they are addicted and others smoke to relax.

When you smoke nicotine reaches the brain in 10 seconds providing a short-lived high, this feeling fades...

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2020 is “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing nicotine and tobacco addiction in youth.” This is especially relevant to South Africa which has a youth population that uses a range of tobacco and nicotine products.

Tobacco use is responsible for 42100 deaths in South Africa annually, and an estimated 80% of adult smokers begin smoking in their teenage years. Most smokers al...

"...The College of Public Health Medicine is therefore in favour of the continued prohibition on the sale of tobacco products under the Level 4 lockdown."

In summary the evidence in the public health literature confirms that:

  1. a)  Tobacco products remain one of the biggest single risk factors for premature death and disability in South Africa;

  2. b)  Smoking is a risk factor for severe COVID-19 and probably increases risk f...

May 4, 2020

 Many civil society organisations have welcomed the South African government’s decision to uphold the ban on tobacco sales, agreeing that tobacco use can worsen the progression of COVID-19.[1] Banning tobacco sales will reduce tobacco consumption, thereby reducing the burden of severe cases of COVID-19 on the health system.

Tobacco smoke weakens the immune system[2] and compromises the ability of the lungs to fight viral a...

Statement from Savera Kalideen, Executive Director of the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS)
 

The National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) welcomes government’s decision to uphold the ban on tobacco sales as there is an increasing body of evidence showing that smokers who contract COVID-19 experience more severe disease progression than non-smokers. The European Respiratory Journal published evidence to show that smokers h...

April 24, 2020

Stay at home, say NO to tobacco and save South Africa! This is the message from the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS), the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa as they encourage smokers to take the opportunity to quit during lockdown and protect the health of their families. 

The campaign comes against a backdrop of tobacco companies fuelling the debate on t...

The government has acted admirably, in taking steps to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and gain time for the health system to cope with the looming disaster.

Among the necessary steps it took, is a prohibition on the sale of tobacco and alcohol, as neither is a food or a medicine.

The current evidence-base for this decision, and the science, is clear.

Chinese studies show that those who smoke are at increased risk of devel...

If ever there was a time to quit smoking – that time is now, says Savera Kalideen of the National Council against Smoking (NCAS). “With the threat of the coronavirus pandemic looming large, now is the time to take care of your own lungs by not smoking cigarettes, shisha, vaping or using e-cigarettes. Also, with more people spending increased amounts of time at home, we must make sure children and non-smokers are not exposed to...

Prevention is key to controlling the transmission of COVID-19; stopping smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes or vapes, as well as eliminating exposure to second-hand smoke, should be high on the list of measures to prevent COVID-19 infection.

While smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, do not cause COVID-19, they increase people’s vulnerability to infection, and may result in worse symptoms and outcomes, especially i...

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