Tobacco control trumps industry influence in landmark ruling in favour of South African government

The high court of South Africa has ruled that the sale of tobacco products remains banned under the governments’ lock down regulations. The decision of the course was mainly based on the fact that the decision of government was rational. The test of rationality was backed by evidence presented by experts on the link between smoking and severity of the COVID-19. Among the experts that supported government was Dr Catherine Egbe who leads Tobacco Control Research in SAMRC’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit and is a Research Associate at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University’s Africa Center for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research. For more details on the judgement click HERE.