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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BAT-sucked in alleged industrial espionage

Fidelis Munyoro Assistant News Editor -  British American Tobacco, which has been sucked in the case of alleged industrial espionage Zimbabwe is investigating, was once dragged to court in South Africa on similar offences, it has emerged. Zimbabwe is investigating economic espionage involving an estimated R100 million worth of cigarettes […]

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Australia bans cigarette branding

Sydney – A law forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets came into effect in Australia on Saturday in an effort to strip any glamour from smoking and prevent young people from taking up the habit. The new law, the first of its kind anywhere the world, came […]

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Mangaung smokers treated like royalty

Bloemfontein – Smokers at the ANC’s national conference in Bloemfontein are being treated like royalty. A tent, reminiscent of a stylish cocktail lounge, has been set up next to the media centre as the smoking room for journalists. The air-conditioned perspex-walled marquee was filled with black and white sofas, chairs […]

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Espionage case, net closes in on British American Tobacco

THE net is closing in on officials from British American Tobacco (BAT) and other companies accused of collaborating with South African tobacco firms to engage in corporate espionage to sabotage local cigarette manufacturers. Police detectives close to the probe said investigations were at an advanced stage and more leads were […]

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