Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
17 Dec 2020
4:50 am

Cost of smoking ban still lingers

Bernadette Wicks

‘We’re seeing effects of an inability to trade for five months.’

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Three months after the ban on tobacco sales was lifted, the local industry is still struggling to compete with the glut of illicit products on the market. Last week, the Western Cape High Court upheld British American Tobacco South Africa’s (Batsa’s) challenge to the ban and declared it to have been unconstitutional and invalid. But it might be too little, too late. The ban was instituted with the lockdown in March and spanned five months before it was finally lifted in August. Batsa in a statement at the weekend welcomed the court’s findings but highlighted the devastating impact the ban...