Government aims to stub out tobacco branding

South Africa is aiming to follow Australia’s lead and compel tobacco companies to use plain packaging for their tobacco products. “We will… be testing plain packaging which means there will be no branding on tobacco products,” the Health Department’s director for health promotion, Vimla Moodley said. Briefing members of Parliament’s […]

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Security firm directors to spend Xmas behind bars

Two directors of TICOZ Protection Ser­vices accused of supplying information that led to the ambush off two Savanna Tobacco Zimbabwe trucks carrying cigarettes worth over R5 million, will spend Christmas Holi­day behind bars while the other director was freed. Savanna Tobacco reportedly lost more than R18 million worth of cigarettes […]

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British American Tobacco sees smokeless future with CN Creative

Tobacco giant buys electronic cigarette maker. British American Tobacco has bought a company that is developing the next generation of electronic cigarettes designed to help smokers to quit. The purchase of CN Creative yesterday marks the first British acquisition of an e-cigarette company by a one of the big tobacco […]

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Espionage suspects remanded in custody

THREE directors of TICOZ Protection Services accused of supplying information which led to the robbery of two Savanna Tobacco Zimbabwe trucks carrying cigarettes worth over R5 million yesterday appeared in court facing three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery. Hosea Manzunzu (46), Tarwireyi Tirivavi (48) and Tinashe Dekeya (35) were […]

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Espionage saga: 3 arrested

THREE senior officials from a local private investigations company, TICOZ Protection Services have been arrested on allegations of corporate espionage targeting local cigarette manufacturers. Sources close to the investigations said yesterday police arrested director operations Tagwirei Tirivavi, Cosygen Tinashe Dekeya and Hosiah Manzunzu in connection with the case. “We have […]

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BAT espionage saga: When competition is anathema

The recent brouhaha over British American Tobacco (BAT) may be nothing more than shenanigans to deflect attention from the real problem. Call it a perfect storm for Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry. At the same time as the Zimbabwean government is riding roughshod for greater, more equitable, access by historically excluded groups […]

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Government aims to stub out tobacco branding

South Africa is aiming to follow Australia’s lead and compel tobacco companies to use plain packaging for their tobacco products. “We will… be testing plain packaging which means there will be no branding on tobacco products,” the Health Department’s director for health promotion, Vimla Moodley said. Briefing members of Parliament’s […]

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Group says inclusion of British/American tobacco in export scheme is ‘fraudulent’

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Senate to extend the probe of utilization of Export Expansion Grant (EEG) Scheme in the agriculture sector to the British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN). In a statement issued in Lagos, ERA/FoEN said the demand for an extension of […]

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Investigation: Tobacco Giant, British American Tobacco, Caught In Intensive Smuggling, Corporate Espionage

Our investigation this week exposes the dirty business practices of the tobacco giant in Nigeria, South Africa and elsewhere. Barely one year after WikiLeaks made public a U.S Embassy memo detailing how Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell, promoted perfidy in Nigeria’s oil industry, details have emerged of how British American Tobacco […]

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Group warns African governments against ‘blackmail’ of big tobacco companies

The groups urge African countries not to back down on agreed anti-tobacco protocols.   The Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) has issued a warning to African governments to be wary of ‘front groups’ used by the tobacco industry to ‘blackmail’ governments. NATT, a network of over 50 nongovernmental […]

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