If you’re a smoker who has had to go four days without a cigarette, we can only imagine what you’re going through. The government’s decision to ban them from sale has been controversial, but it may not be universal – that’s after authorities along the Garden Route in the Western Cape lifted restrictions on tobacco sales.
As Senior Communications Officer of the Garden Route District Herman Pieters revealed on Sunday, they are now allowing grocery stores to sell cigarettes in seven local municipalities. They include Bitou, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, Hessequa, Kannaland and Oudtshoorn.
The decision was made in an attempt to curb the manufacturing and production of illegal cigarettes. They are cheap, nasty and circumvent the basic tax laws of South Africa. With all forms of prohibition, the outlawed product gets pushed underground, creating ‘black market’ sales. The Garden Route isn’t immune to this.