19 June 2020 - NW1056
Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
(1)With reference to her assertion that the sale and use of tobacco products is associated with increased risk of the spread of SARS-CoV-2, which she used to justify the prohibition of tobacco product sales, what is the scientific rationale and empirical basis for the prohibition; (2) whether she and/or her department assessed the countervailing hypothesis that nicotine actually minimises the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, as suggested by data showing a disproportionate under-representation of habitual smokers in infection cases; if not, why not; if so, what conclusions have been drawn in this regard? NW1346E
A detailed information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.