British American Tobacco’s South African arm urges Govt. to lift cigarette sale ban


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British American Tobacco’s South African arm urges Govt. to lift cigarette sale ban

Late on Saturday, the 4th of April 2020, British American Tobacco’s South African wing had urged the S. African Government of President Cyril Ramaphosa to revaluate a ban on cigarette sales as a part of a nationwide lockdown adding that the ban on cigarette sales would have unprecedented consequences given the number of smokers in South Africa which stood at 16.4 per cent a few years back according to the latest South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

In point of fact, latest remark from the South African arm of British American Tobacco, the UK-based second-largest cigarette maker across the globe with market-leading position in fifty countries and operations in more than 180 countries came forth as the South African officials had stiffened a 21-day “stay at home” lockdown measure that begun on last Friday (March 27th) and banned the sales of alcohols or cigarettes in essential services retailers and petrol station forecourt stores during the period of nationwide lockdown, while the Government had also justified the ban by citing that smoking might have made people more vulnerable to the pandemic’s complications.

Meanwhile, adding that the S. African Government’s move to ban the sales of cigarettes would eventually force more than 11 million smokers in South Africa to willingly defy the lockdowns in search for cigarettes, the British American Tobacco’s South African arm said in a statement on Saturday (April 4th), “This would lead to greater movement of people and more interactions than if smokers were able to buy cigarettes at their nearest legal outlet at the same time as buying all their other essential goods. ”