Sloppy science taints Dlamini-Zuma’s tobacco court defence
A psychiatrist’s analysis exposes how the government’s arguments include flawed estimates of how many SA smokers will get Covid-19, incorrect study references and false claims
The government believes that banning cigarettes will force people to quit; that 95% of smokers do so successfully without help; and that smoking cigarettes makes contracting Covid-19 more likely.
These claims are part of the “scientific” reasons for banning tobacco contained in the government’s court papers. The trouble is, they’re simply not true...