Africa Check – Do half of men and a third of women in South Africa smoke?
Africa Check was asked to verify the share of smokers in South Africa given a claim that half of men and a third of women smoke in South Africa. In the course of researching this, Naphtali Khumalo was directed to consult the NIDS data. Similar to findings from the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NIDS showed that about a third of men and a tenth of women smoke tobacco in South Africa. This, together with characteristics of the survey which served as the source of the claim, led Africa Check to conclude that the claim was incorrect. Read the full article.
An article in the Financial Mail by Tim Cohen goes in depth about illicit cigarette trade and amongst other considerations, the effect they have on SARS revenue. The article cites research by Nicole Vellios, Corne van Walbeek and Hana Ross which used data from the All Media & Products Survey (Amps) for 2002 to 2011 and NIDS for the years thereafter. Amongst other findings, the research found that illicit trade in cigarettes made up 40% of the total cigarette market in 2017. Read more (available for BL Premium subscribers).
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