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Regulation on cigarettes doesn't discourage smoking - British American Tobacco

8 April 2020 9:24 AM
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The company's external affairs South African head Johnny Moloto says the ban pushes for illicit markets to thrive.

The 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 came with a ban on alcohol and cigarette sales.

Should the ban on cigarette sales be lifted, is the debate that has been raging over a few days.

A petition with nearly 5000 signatures is calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to reverse a ban on the sale of cigarettes.

RELATED: Alcohol and cigarette ban costing SA billions - Justice Project SA

British American Tobacco external affairs South African head Johnny Moloto says over regulation on cigarettes doesn't discourage smoking.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa Moloto says the regulation only pushes for illicit markets to thrive.

We were taken by surprise because before we knew it, there was a lockdown and the prohibition against the sale of cigarettes. We warned and cautioned government that the black market has a dynamic supply chain and it will capitalise on the lockdown.

Johnny Moloto, External affairs South African head - British American Tobacco

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8 April 2020 9:24 AM
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