Tobacco industry given confidence boost by chance to appeal ban

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The Pretoria High Court judgment states that while the medical material and other reports which were used to show the link between a higher Covid-19 coronavirus progression among smokers were inconclusive, there were grounds for government to promulgate regulations 27 and 45 of the Disaster Management Act outlawing the sale of tobacco products and cigarettes. Picture: iStock/ Zhang Rong
The Pretoria High Court judgment states that while the medical material and other reports which were used to show the link between a higher Covid-19 coronavirus progression among smokers were inconclusive, there were grounds for government to promulgate regulations 27 and 45 of the Disaster Management Act outlawing the sale of tobacco products and cigarettes. Picture: iStock/ Zhang Rong

The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) has been granted leave to appeal the high court’s ruling in favour of government’s cigarette and tobacco products ban.

The Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) issued a directive earlier this week and respondents, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, have until Friday to submit a responding affidavit.

Fita chairperson Sinenhlanhla Mnguni told City Press that this was a boost for the cigarette lobby.

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