Tag - South Africa

What’s behind the Big Tobacco job cuts? A guide to SA’s illegal tobacco trade after COVID

British American Tobacco in South Africa (Batsa says 200 of its workers will be out of a job soon, but public health researchers argue they’re using misleading figures to explain why they’re downsizing.  Batsa claims the illegal tobacco trade in South Africa makes up 70% of the market. The figure is a misquote...

Higher tobacco prices leads to declining use

Cape Town - In the context of declining tobacco use on a global level, tobacco use in sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to increase substantially in the coming decades. This is the result of fast economic and population growth, coupled with intensive marketing efforts by the tobacco industry. Tobacco use is a leading cause of death and...

More South Africans are smoking – higher taxes and stronger law enforcement are needed

Tobacco use imposes a significant health and economic burden on countries. Research estimates that the cost of smoking in South Africa amounted to 0.97% of the country’s GDP in 2016. These costs are likely to have increased as a result of the observed rise in smoking prevalence over the past five years. In 2021, South Africa conducted its first...

New smoking laws for South Africa are coming – you’ll soon be fined or jailed for smoking in these areas

The Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill has been tabled before parliament, starting the process of getting proposed changes for smokers and the tobacco industry into law. An explanatory note on the proposed laws was gazetted in October, with the Department of Health giving notice that the bill would be tabled in the...

Illicit Trade Persists After Lockdown

The illicit cigarette trade continues to thrive in South Africa despite recent enforcement actions, according to a new Ipsos study. According to Ipsos’ latest study, shops nationwide are still flooded with illegal tobacco products more than two years after the unconstitutional tobacco sales ban was imposed by the government as part of their response to the...

35 organisations from 23 African countries call for the removal of Philip Morris International (PMI) from all engagements related to the Africa Trade & Customs Week Summit 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lomé 02 November, 2022 35 organisations from 23 African countries have denounced the brandishing of Philip Morris International (PMI) as one of the sponsors of the AFRICA TRADE & CUSTOMS WEEK SUMMIT 2022, and called for the withdrawal of the tobacco multinational from all engagements related to the summit which is scheduled to...

New smoking laws for South Africa – how government plans to stop lawbreakers

Strict new smoking laws for South Africa will soon be tabled before the National Assembly, where the Department of Health wants to tighten its control on where smokers can light up, and better regulate the emerging vaping sector. Broadly, the draft laws cast a wide net to create zero-smoking spaces in public areas while also...

Toxic tobacco: proposed 100% ban on smoking in public areas

Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke continue to contribute to over 9% of the mortality burden in South Africa. This galvanised the National Department of Health to gazette the Draft Tobacco Products and the Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill that will drastically change smoking laws in the country. The Bill will be introduced to the National Assembly in the coming...

“Tobacco industry exaggerations of illicit trade should not deter tobacco tax increases”

While an overstatement of the illicit trade of tobacco products may suit the tobacco-industry agenda when it comes to mid-term budgets, it should not deter strong tax increases aimed at reducing tobacco consumption in South Africa, says Dr Sharon Nyatsanza of the National Council Against Smoking. Focus should fall on strong law enforcement and securing...

Africa needs stronger weapons to tackle illicit, conflict-fuelling tobacco trade

The South African government has recently stepped up its efforts to address the country’s rampant illicit tobacco trade. The South African Revenue Service (SARS), facing a severe and persistent reduction of cigarette excise tax revenues, is now endeavouring to curb the illicit tobacco trade by enhancing inspections and search and seizure operations against cigarette companies and...

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