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SA warned of tax knock, job losses on new smoking laws

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Cape Town – South Africa’s plans to tighten the anti-smoking laws will ignite the illicit trade in cigarettes, thereby removing billions of rands of tax revenue and threatening jobs, British American Tobacco (BAT) warned on Wednesday.

This follows the pledge by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday to strengthen the Tobacco Products Control Act to fall in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The biggest change would see plain packaging on cigarette products in an effort to drive down the incentive for people to smoke.

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