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No smoking allowed at universities, colleges under Covid-19 rules.

No smoking allowed at universities, colleges under Covid-19 rules.

Smoking at universities and TVET Colleges will be prohibited for as long as the ban on the sale of cigarettes under the Covid-19 regulations is in place, higher education spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said on Thursday.

Mnisi was responding to a question posed to Nzimande by students, about what would happen to students who were caught smoking on the premises of higher education institutions during the lockdown.

“There may be instances where students could be identified. Obviously law enforcement officers will be informed about such violations so that the law can take its course,” said Mnisi.

He reiterated that during the lockdown, the regulations applied firmly.

“This NCC (National Command Council) directive is a directive to all our institutions, and it is going to be part and parcel of what institutions will be doing to ensure that there is compliance,” said Mnisi.

During his visit, Nzimande said the government needed a heightened campaign against smoking and alcohol abuse within broader society.

He said Covid-19 had highlighted the need for individuals to stop smoking.

It looks like the level of alcohol abuse in our society is also abnormally high,” he said.

“Beyond Covid-19, we may maintain the stringent measures but also accompany this with education.

“We need a huge, huge campaign against these two things (cigarettes and alcohol).”

But, we cannot win this campaign on our own. We will need to forge partnerships with communities,” said Nzimande.

Source: IOL

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