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Here's how the state justified the tobacco ban in court. Will it be enough?

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Can the government justify its decision to ban the sale of tobacco products based on a few inconclusive studies, especially when people have not stopped smoking and its good intentions are mostly proving to have created a breeding ground for the black market?

This is the question the Pretoria High Court judges were left to apply their minds to after the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) tore into the state's argument that banning sales will reduce smoking in the country - and has, in fact, already done so.

The association, which said it represents all local tobacco manufacturers in SA, challenged the ban of tobacco sales because it believes the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, overstepped her powers with the ban

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