Tobacco giant gets free police protection

Johannesburg – For months, the police’s tactical response team, also known as the amaBerete, was deployed in Limpopo to provide an armed police escort to multinational cigarette company British American Tobacco (BAT). BAT boasts of having more than 85% of the cigarette market in South Africa. Yet despite declaring R81bn […]

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BAT IMPLICATED IN CIGARETTE SMUGGLING

EWN has learnt this claim has been submitted to Parliament by former Sars spokesman, Adrian Lackay. JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News has learnt former South African Revenue Service (Sars) spokesperson Adrian Lackay claims evidence has emerged that British American Tobacco (BAT), a private investigation firm, and State Security Agency officials have been involved […]

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South Africa plans plain cigarette packaging by 2015: minister

(Reuters) – South Africa aims to force cigarette companies to sell products in plain packets by next year, despite an ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) investigation into Australia’s ban ontobacco branding, the health minister said on Thursday. South Africa, New Zealand, France, India and Britain are all considering adopting standardized packaging on tobacco products […]

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WTO taps South African ex-minister to judge tobacco dispute

Alec Erwin will lead a panel appointed to judge a landmark trade dispute over Australia’s anti-tobacco laws. Former South African Trade Minister Alec Erwin will lead a World Trade Organization panel appointed to judge a landmark trade dispute over Australia’s anti-tobacco laws, the global trade body said on Tuesday. Erwin, a former trade unionist and member of […]

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Motsoaledi challenges liquor, tobacco industries

Durban – Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi is ready to take on the liquor and tobacco industries as he forges ahead with plans to ban alcohol advertising and introduce more stringent smoking regulations. The minister said on Thursday that he was aware he was going to be told by his […]

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Big Tobacco in bed with SA law enforcement agencies

A probe into the tobacco industry can show how two companies have used their resources to influence SA state agencies to protect their interests. An amaBhungane investigation into the R5-billion-a-year illicit tobacco industry can reveal how two major multinational companies used their considerable resources to influence South African state security […]

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Gov’t tricked into promoting tobacco

Botswana government departments are being tricked into deals that promote the tobacco industry, violating the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Protocol to which Botswana is a signatory – it emerged this week. Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa […]

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Cut-price smokes ‘here to stay’

As Reported in The Sunday Times – Business Times on 1 September 2013 by Loni Prinsloo. Please click on the link below to download a PDF copy of the article: “Cut-price smokes ‘here to stay’” – The Sunday Times (Business Times: 1/9/2013)  

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Tobacco – the R12.5bn question

Johannesburg – A study released this month has sparked debate on whether smoking is decreasing or increasing, reported City Press on Sunday. Depending on who you ask, smoking in South Africa is either radically decreasing due to two decades of successful tobacco control laws and taxes, or massively increasing again because those […]

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Anti-tobacco law ‘undemocratic’

The Minister of health has made it clear that regulations to be gazetted later this week are merely interim measures pending a total prohibition on tobacco. The Minister has made it clear that regulations to be gazetted later this week are merely interim measures pending a total prohibition on tobacco. A […]

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