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Tobacco control: South Africa must do more to help people quit smoking

By Sam Filby, Research Officer, Research on the Economics of Excisable Products,, University of Cape Town
Corné van Walbeek, Professor at the School of Economics and Principal Investigator of the Economics of Tobacco Control Project, University of Cape Town
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Each year on 31 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hosts World No Tobacco Day. The day aims to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use and to encourage governments to implement effective tobacco-control policies. This year’s theme challenges current smokers to “Commit to Quit”.

The health benefits of quitting smoking are well-documented. Smokers who quit smoking can avoid premature…

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