Tobacco Industry News

BAT Uganda Calls For Urgent Government Action Against Illicit Trade In Cigarettes

BAT Uganda has called for enhanced action against illicit trade in Uganda, following a report, which indicates that the illicit cigarette trade in the country continues to rise significantly. The research commissioned by BAT Uganda and conducted by Kantar covered the second half of 2021 and found that 23.8 per cent of the cigarettes sold...

The FDA and Juul are fighting over a vape ban, but the role of e-cigarettes in the world of tobacco abuse is not clear-cut

On June 23, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that all Juul products must be removed from U.S. markets. This decision essentially broadened an existing ban on teen use of the company’s nicotine e-cigarettes to include adults as well. The next day, Juul asked a federal appeals court to temporarily block the...

S.A can learn from other countries about youth & vape products

Electronic Vapour Products (EVPs) were designed as tobacco harm reduction tools to deliver nicotine to adult smokers with the aim of helping them find a potentially less harmful alternative. The inhalation of smoke from combustible cigarettes – along with tar and carbon monoxide - raises health risks for a range of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including...

Cigarette smuggling thrived after South Africa banned its sale

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled this week that the government was wrong to ban the sale of cigarettes at the start of the nationwide hard lockdown in March 2020. The court found that there was no scientific justification for the continued ban on the sale of tobacco products. Tobacco businesses say they are still recovering...

BAT Nigeria announces massive investment in Solar Energy

Leading consumer goods company, British American Tobacco (BAT) Nigeria has restated its commitment to addressing climate change and environmental management issues, while delivering a positive social impact and ensuring robust corporate governance across its operations. This was contained in a statement issued by the multinational organisation on the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day...

Lyft ban puts at risk Sh2.5bn BAT plant

BAT Kenya #ticker:BAT says the government’s ban on its nicotine pouches risks the viability of its Sh2.5 billion factory in Nairobi whose construction has been ongoing. The new local BAT factory is eyeing to produce cigarette alternative products such as nicotine pouches under the Lyft brand to sell to Kenya and the African region. This comes...

Harmonize set to launch his own cigarette brand dubbed ‘Tembo’

Tanzanian singer and Konde Music Worldwide President Harmonize has announced that plans are underway for him to launch of own cigarette brand dubbed Tembo. An update from the Dunia hit-maker details that he is the process of sourcing for business partners (Investors) before he officially introduces his Tobacco products on the market. “I need someone to put some serious...

Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry pledges to end child labor and deforestation

Zimbabwe, Africa’s biggest tobacco grower and one of the world's top exporters of the nicotine leaf opened its selling season for the crop amid pledges to fight deforestation and child labor in response to pressure from rights groups, environmentalists and international buyers. Almost a month into Zimbabwe’s 2022 tobacco selling season, one of the priorities...

South Africa flirts with e-cigarette tax which could set back the fight against smoking

Public consultations recently closed on plans to impose an excise tax on e-cigarettes in South Africa, and the suggested policy proposals have already proven controversial. In particular, the South African government intends to introduce a new excise tax on e-cigarettes, applying the duty to both non-nicotine and nicotine solutions used in these devices. Thanks to piggybacking on existing...

Vapers in Ireland think flavour ban would create a black market, survey shows

More than nine in ten users of e-cigarettes in Ireland would not favour an outright ban on flavoured vapes, a new survey has found. The research, conducted by Red C, a market researcher in Dublin, was carried out through 221 face-to-face surveys last month. The survey found that nearly half of vapers would stop vaping...