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A sarmie, a sweet and a cigarette? How to make sure Africa doesn’t become...

Smoking in the west is declining. So the tobacco industry is looking to untapped markets in lower-income countries to hook new smokers.

[WATCH] Why is the tobacco industry comparing vapes to HIV treatment?

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Public health experts agree with the vaping lobby that smokers need more help to quit. They disagree, however, with the industry’s argument that imposing a sin tax on vapour products will lead down a similar path as the state-sanctioned Aids denialism of former President Thabo Mbeki’s administration.

A sin tax on vapes is not as bad as Aids denialism. Here’s why

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Lobbyists pushing for vaping as a way to help people quit smoking insist taxing e-cigarettes like traditional smokes will lead down a similar path as the state-sanctioned project of denying HIV treatment to state patients.

[WATCH] A beginner’s guide to smoking laws

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The vaping industry is up in arms because of two new proposed laws. A fight is bound to ensue, but tobacco control is a very particular game. This video will help you get to know the players ahead of public hearings.

Smoke and mirrors: What you need to know about the hazy world of the...

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In the coming months, we’ll be publishing a series of analyses that plunge into the two sides’ arguments as they rally to fight for the nations’ lungs. Here, we take a look at the tobacco control players in South Africa.

Bad science goes up in smoke: Why smokers were never protected from COVID

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Early pandemic research pointed to smokers not being at risk of severe COVID-19. This turned out to be false. Here’s why the slow pace of science means it’s easy for people to latch onto extraordinary claims despite a lack of strong evidence.

[WATCH] Did South Africa’s COVID-19 tobacco ban work?

South Africa’s tobacco users are smoking fewer daily cigarettes these days, but it came at a cost. Spoilers – it wasn’t worth it.
Adrian Ephraim decided to go cold turkey

How to end tobacco use for good: What SA’s COVID tobacco ban has taught...

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Local tobacco companies’ market share quadrupled during the country’s temporary sales ban in 2020, overtaking Big Tobacco’s pre-ban monopoly on South Africa’s tobacco industry.
Most South Africans have the TB germ - so why aren't they sick?

Has our COVID fight crippled our efforts to fight HIV and TB?

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During the HIV pandemic, doctors were traumatised by the government’s indifference towards patients’ lack of access to treatment. In the case of COVID-19, some physicians say, they have to cope with the devastating consequences of most of the country’s health resources having been allocated to one disease.

Folly and fortitude: What sets good and bad leaders apart in the COVID-19 era?

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A country's coronavirus response is only as good as its president, writes Lawrence Hamilton. So how does South Africa's head of state Cyril Ramaphosa...

Government said no to alcohol sales during lockdown but said yes to the industry’s...

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Industry influence and government spats stalled regulations that could have curbed harmful alcohol use in South Africa nearly a decade ago.  The South African government...

#Coronavirus: Do you need a mask? Spoilers, the answer is no.

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South Africa confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on 5 March. But experts say the public still does not need to...
vaping young people

Seven things you need to know about e-cigarettes. No. 5 may shock you

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Spoilers: Office e-smokers, you're still being uncool to your co-workers. The World Health Organisation breaks down what we know and what we don't about...

Smoking vs vaping: Which one is worse?

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Is vaping really safer than smoking? Take a look at what we really know about the recent craze some say could help you quit smoking — and what’s behind the recent spate of vaping deaths abroad.

Dancing with the devil: UCT stubs out tobacco-funded unit

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Can Tobacco money can ever be washed clean? Most researchers at the University of Cape Town say no.
Young girls pose with boxes of Marlboro cigarettes.

New smoke signals: Is Big Tobacco using influencers to illegally punt new products?

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Could companies’ wooing of social media influencers be just a clever ploy to get around the country’s tobacco advertising ban? Tobacco companies are banned from...