British American Tobacco wants cigarette ban lifted immediately

British American Tobacco wants cigarette ban lifted immediately

- British American Tobacco South Africa threatened legal action if the cigarette ban is not lifted immediately

- It has given Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma until Monday to amend the regulations that prohibit the sale of tobacco products, or face legal action.

- Minister Dlamini-Zuma had, on Wednesday, reversed President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that cigarettes would be sold under Level 4 of lockdown

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Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on Wednesday, announced that cigarettes would not be sold under Level 4 lockdown restrictions.

The news was met with disapproval from a number of organisations, including Tax Justice South Africa (TJSSA), which called the cigarette ban a "life-endangering economic sabotage."

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Now, SABCNews reports that British American Tobacco South Africa has threatened legal action if cigarettes aren't allowed to go back on sale by Monday.

Minister Dlamini-Zuma said she received 2000 signatures supporting the cigarette ban.

However, a lot of smokers said they had no idea that there was ever a public survey on the issue otherwise they would have signed to re-instate the selling of cigarettes.

One said, “For a smoker, it’s like now the people are in rehab for cigarettes and alcohol. And if you get it, then you’re getting a cheap one and you’re paying like R70 or R80 for a pack. It’s been hard now because we are addicted to smoking, so this (ban) is killing us."

"If they keep on extending like this, (the back door prices will get even more) expensive." reported that DA leader John Steenhuisen threw major shade at Dlamini-Zuma for the cigarette ban.

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