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After the lifting of the sales ban on tobacco in August, the Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) of the University of Cape Town conducted a third survey between 16 September and 6 October. Only those respondents to the second survey who had agreed to be contacted again were involved, giving a final group of 3 766 respondents who had completed both the second and third surveys.

Of these, 16.7% indicated that they had quit smoking during the sales ban; of these, slightly more than half had relapsed by the time of the third survey, about 43% before the ban was lifted and 57% afterwards. By the time the third survey was conducted, about 9% of the respondents had successfully quit and had not relapsed.

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