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South Africa: FITA RAISES CONCERN OVER SALES OF VAPE KITS DURING LOCKDOWN

April 09, 2020: CAPE TOWN – The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) has raised the alarm on ongoing vape product sales during the lockdown.

The sale of tobacco products is not allowed during this period.

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Uganda Moves To Tax Unprocessed Tobacco Exports

April 8, 2020: Uganda through the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has proposed to Parliament to approve tax on export of unprocessed tobacco. The move is aimed at ensuring value addition of tobacco produced from Uganda.

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South Africa: Tax Justice SA Demands Cigarette Ban Be Lifted

The organisation cited the police’s reports of increased incidents of looting as well as the presence of illicit cigarette stashes as evidence that the ban is not working.

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UK: JTI Unveils Alternative Tobacco Products Ahead Of Menthol Ban

March 26, 2020: Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has launched a range of alternative products, available from 20 May 2020 when the menthol ban will be implemented.

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Tips from former smokers: James’ story (CDC)