Table 1

Characteristics of surveys conducted during the sales ban in South Africa, and percentages who had stopped smoking

Survey titleOrganisationSurvey dateSample size NLanguage of the surveyType of surveyRecruitment methodRespondentsQuestionResponse
Lighting up the illicit marketResearch Unit on Economics of Excisable Products.
(REEP1)
29 April–11 May12 204English
Afrikaans
OnlineSocial media, petition site, earned mediaSmokersHave you successfully quit smoking during the lockdown? (Yes/No)16% Yes
(7%* Yes)
M4JamM4JamNot stated
Report on 4 June.
2013Not statedPanelOnline registration to communitySmokersHad stopped smoking during lockdown.
(Exact question not stated.)
49% Yes
Smoking and quitting behaviour in lockdown South Africa.Research Unit on Economics of Excisable Products.
(REEP2)
4–19 June23 631EnglishOnlineSocial media, petition site.SmokersHave you successfully quit smoking during the lockdown? (Yes/No)9%* Yes
The Ask Afrika COVID-19 Tracker
Week 12 Results
Ask Afrika16–21 June590†EnglishQuota sample, recruited onlineComputer-assisted telephonic interviews (40% of sample) and online (60%).Smokers and non-smokers.Do you smoke tobacco products?
(Before lockdown/During lockdown/No).
18% Before lockdown
10% During lockdown
  • *Unweighted data.

  • †The same question was sometimes repeated in different weeks so the number of respondents answering a question could be higher than that stated.