Ndumiso Ngcobo says smokers are the new lepers

Sunday Times columnist and author, Ndumiso Ngcobo says he detests the smell of tobacco and often feels sorry for smokers.

Ngcobo says smokers have been easy targets of social bad habits purely because of legislation.

Society could take a leaf from a smokers book says Ngcobo, adding that there exists a secret society of smokers.

I have never seen a smoker refuse another smoker a cigarette or a lighter.

Ndumiso Ngcobo, Sunday Times columnist and author

I'm a social smoker, I smoke in the evening. The best people are the smokers. Go outside to smoke with them you make connections, you exchange business cards.

Michelle, caller

Responding to the caller, Michelle, Ngcobo says most smokers have a 'catholic' saying they always refer to the 'last' time they quit cigarettes.

Listen to the rest of Ndumiso's interview below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Tobacco companies target young people- Cansa

Tobacco companies target young people- Cansa

The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) strongly supports the bill on plain cigarette packaging to reduce smoking.

Will non-branded cigarette boxes reduce smoking?

Will non-branded cigarette boxes reduce smoking?

South Africa has drafted a bill on plain cigarette packaging as part of it attempts to reduce smoking.

Introducing plain cigarette packaging won't reduce smoking- BTA

Introducing plain cigarette packaging won't reduce smoking- BTA

British American Tobacco (BAT) says government's plan to introduce a bill on plain cigarette packaging won't yield good results.

Gupta meeting with Mcebisi Jonas is the 'smoking gun' of state capture claims

Gupta meeting with Mcebisi Jonas is the 'smoking gun' of state capture claims

The Deputy Finance Minister maintains his version of events over his Treasury job offer, despite Ajay Gupta calling his bluff.

Study sheds light on how to look younger for longer

Study sheds light on how to look younger for longer

Why do some people age better? If you're stressing yourself out, you could be aging yourself quicker.

Grilled Nectarine and Pecorino salad

Grilled Nectarine and Pecorino salad

South African summers are ideal for light meals.

How to make Pad Thai (the world’s 5th most delicious food, according to CNN)

How to make Pad Thai (the world’s 5th most delicious food, according to CNN)

The French, Italians, Mexicans… they can all go hang. Thailand has the best food on Earth! How to make their signature dish…

How to make exotically delicious roast duck ramen

How to make exotically delicious roast duck ramen

Treat yourself and your guests to something different – Chinese style!

What in the world happened to medical radio guru Prof. Harry Seftel?

What in the world happened to medical radio guru Prof. Harry Seftel?

Many remember the doc who demystified medicine with his simple messages like 'I tell people not to smoke grass, but to eat grass'.

Smoking is the number one risk factor for heart attacks - cardiologist

Smoking is the number one risk factor for heart attacks - cardiologist

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks Dr Richard Nethononda about how to make sure you are not at risk of having a heart attack.

Stoptober campaign calls on smokers to kick the habit

Stoptober campaign calls on smokers to kick the habit

8 million South Africans smoke, with 44 000 smoking-related deaths every year. There's no better time to quit than the present.

Popular articles
I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Pan Africanist Congress's Narius Moloto explains why it supports the name Azania, a word which he says has Arabic origins.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

WATCH: Zuma denies crisis at Sassa, won't evaluate isiphithiphithi (chaos)

WATCH: Zuma denies crisis at Sassa, won't evaluate isiphithiphithi (chaos)

Zuma says he cannot be expected to act against Minister Bathabile Dlamini on social grants matter now before the ConCourt.

Divided views on impact of minimum wage on economy, unemployment

Divided views on impact of minimum wage on economy, unemployment

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the minimum wage of R20 per hour is expected to be implemented by May 2018.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...