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Tobacco giant takes government to court over 'unconstitutional' ban

June 18, 2020: Cigarette manufacturing company British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court challenging the ongoing ban on tobacco sales.

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PMI Sees Switch To Smoke-Free, ‘Better’ Nicotine Alternatives

June 14, 2020: MANILA, Philippines – With the support of regulators, civil society and public health community, combustible cigarettes sales can end in 10 to 15 years in many places as smokers switch to better nicotine alternatives, said a top executive of Philip Morris International (PMI).

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South Africa’s COVID-19 Tobacco Ban Has Backfired As Predicted

June 9, 2020: On the 27th of March, South African authorities banned the sales of tobacco products as part of the current COVID-19 lockdown. Subsequently as restrictions were starting to be eased, in April it was announced that cigarette sales would be allowed to resume as of May 1st, however this decision was reconsidered at a later date.

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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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Tips from former smokers: James’ story (CDC)