Kabelo Chabalala
3 minute read
19 Aug 2020
5:15 am

Why I celebrated the end of the cigarette ban like a smoker

Kabelo Chabalala

Now people can compromise their respiratory systems with legal products, and that for me is better than the home-made, untested concoctions they were smoking.

Ruan De Bruyn, operations manager at The Vape Guru at Rock Cottage in Weltevreden Park, puffs on a vape, 18 August 2020, as South Africa allows the sale of e-liquids, e-cigarettes, alcohol and cigarettes again as the country moves into level two of lockdown during efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Picture: Michel Bega

At least when they kill themselves or compromise their respiratory systems, let it be from approved or legal tobacco products. Those were my sentiments on Saturday after one of the now normal, intentional family meetings with the president. The Chabalala household witnessed the craziest jump from the couch when the president announced that he will be lifting the ban on all tobacco products. My family looked at me perplexed. I do not consume alcohol nor do I take any tobacco products. However, the high Mandela like fist of victory and a solid ‘yeeeess’ shocked everyone in the house. “Why are...