Illicit smokes will not vanish overnight, warns BATSA boss as ban lifted

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South Africa instituted its ban on the sale of cigarettes in late March, 2020.
South Africa instituted its ban on the sale of cigarettes in late March, 2020.
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While other industries have had to contend with a restriction on business which came with the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, the tobacco industry also had to contend with the rise of illicit cigarettes during the four-and-a-half-month-long tobacco ban.

Tobacco producers must also claw back the ground they have lost for a quarter of the year and develop systems to make them more agile to sudden decision-making on the part of the government when it comes to the lockdown, such as the unexpected return of a tobacco ban.

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