With Tobacco killing half of its long- term users, there is need for strong control measures to be put in place in Africa. The best bet is to discourage people from ever starting and to educate the people who are already smoking to stop.
Illicit tobacco trade is an intricate problem. There is more to it than meets the eye, as its often linked to much larger criminal syndicates such as corruption, organized crime, tax evasion, and money laundering.
At just 27, Vuyisani Xakatha, is serving 35 years in jail, partly for seven tobacco heists and kidnapping after robbing BAT drivers.
American President Joe Biden’s government is reportedly considering reducing the amount of nicotine found in cigarettes in the country.
The driver of this truck full of illegal cigarettes soon ‘split’, after SAPS discovered his supposed shipment of bananas wasn’t what it appeared to be.
A liquor policy group is now advocating for the introduction of a ‘health tax’, which would be funded by implementing higher levies on booze and tobacco.
It seems that a tobacco tax increase is on the cards for South Africa next week, but campaigners are trying desperately to thwart Tito Mboweni.
The smokers of South Africa may be asked to pay more for their cigarettes by the end of October, as pressure grows on the government to raise tobacco taxes.
The government may be sticking to their guns on the cigarette ban, but a few significant factors could soon be out of their control.
Two packages containing liquid tobacco worth a combined R360 000 were confiscated in Port Elizabeth.
Could this be the bit of good news smokers have been desperate for? Here’s when FITA will get a second chance to bring an end to the cigarette ban.
It may be eight days behind schedule, but late is better than never. BAT are set for a court showdown with the government over the cigarette ban next week.
The controversial cigarette ban is costing South Africa billions in lost tax revenue – but could Tito Mboweni be tempted to raise the cash another way?
Should Fita be unsuccessful in overturning the tobacco ban, it’s possible that there would be another long wait before cigarettes return to our shelves.
Still no word from the High Court as another legal challenge, tabled by a giant in the tobacco industry, looms.
Will South African smokers rejoice or mourn a High Court judgement this week?
The government has suffered a significant defeat in the High Court. But what does an invalid lockdown mean for SA, and indeed, our tobacco ban?
The owner of Sturks tobacco shop said she could no longer afford rent during the lockdown and had to vacate the premises.
A Facebook group, ‘Protest March Against The Tobacco Ban,’ has had enough and is ready to take to the streets all across the country on Tuesday.
The ban on alcohol and tobacco sales has dominated the South African media landscape since the beginning of the lockdown on 27 March. But what about the more pressing social issues?
Sunday, 31 May is World No Tobacco Day, and Dr Zweli Mkhize will chair a meeting on tobacco control.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control says that smoking a cigarette is one of ‘the most dangerous things’.
Organisation urges government to reveal any links between politicians and illicit tobacco traders.
In a statement issued out on Saturday, the ANC has thrown its weight behind Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.