BAT denies espionage allegations

Harare – BAT Zimbabwe has finally denied allegations of espionage levelled against the tobacco cigarette manufacturer by its Zimbabwean competitors. In a press statement released over the weekend the multinational company said it “strongly denies any involvement in industrial espionage and/or illegal activity that may be linked to other local […]

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INVESTIGATION: Underhand tactics, Illegal advertising raise British American Tobacco’s profits in Nigeria, Africa

The tobacco giant is benefiting from weak tobacco legislation in  Nigeria. On the afternoon of July 11, 2012, a client contacted Belinda Walter, a tobacco lawyer in Pretoria, South Africa, with a disturbing message, while she was still basking in the glory of a recent court victory over British American […]

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Sars dogs aid in huge coke busts

Cape Town – SA Revenue Service anti-drug operations proved highly successful in October, with staff and drug detector dogs sniffing out more than R7m worth of cocaine, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan revealed on Friday. A further R3.5m in illegal cigarettes was seized. Replying in writing to a parliamentary question, Gordhan […]

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BAT Zim spying on competitors

British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Holdings Ltd (BATZ) is allegedly spying on its competitors and had adopted an industrial espionage strategy a few years ago, an internal document seen by businessdigest reveals. The document titled: Competitor Strategy Document, authored by a K. Zvaita, outlines BATZ’s key objective as to have a […]

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Hijackers bleed cigar exporters

Monday, 12 November 2012 – Fidelis Munyoro Assistant News Editor – ZIMBABWE is investigating possible industrial espionage amid reports that South African tobacco firms are hiring hijackers to pounce on export cigarette consignments in transit to that country. In the past year or so, indigenous producers exporting to South Africa […]

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SA alert on smoking brands case

Johannesburg – South Africa had not yet indicated whether it would ban brands being displayed on tobacco packets like Australia, the National Council Against Smoking said on Wednesday. “But they are looking at what is happening in Australia very closely,” said NCAS member Dr Yusuf Saloojee. “My view is that […]

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Police Commissioner violates tobacco law-ATN

Even before he could finish reading his letter of appointment,the new Commissioner of Botswana Police Service Keabetswe Makgophe has come under heavy scrutiny for ‘receiving’a donation from the British American Tobacco Company at a meeting with the business community recently. The Anti Tobacco Network (ATN) has labelled this a conflict […]

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Smoking challenge stubbed out

Johannesburg – The Constitutional Court has turned down a legal challenge against a ban on smoking advertisements, the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) said on Tuesday. The court declined a request by British American Tobacco SA (Batsa) to hear an appeal of a judgment upholding the ban by the Supreme […]

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Big tobacco tactics under the spotlight on World No Tobacco Day

30.05.2012 – Today (Thursday 31 May) is World No Tobacco Day, a World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative aimed at highlighting issues around the use of tobacco products. This year, the WHO has selected “tobacco industry interference” as the theme for the day in an effort to expose and counter the […]

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Smokers’ rights in ashes

Johannesburg – The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found on Wednesday that the health hazards of smoking outweigh the interests of smokers as a group. The SCA dismissed an appeal against an order by the North Gauteng High Court brought by British American Tobacco of South Africa (Batsa). The appeal […]

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