FITA hails court ruling on 'unnecessary' tobacco sales ban

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The FITA statement said legal and tax compliant tobacco producers were willing to assist government with combating the rise of illicit tobacco products which pervaded the market when legal cigarettes and tobacco products were banned during the hard lockdown.

Industry body the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association on Monday praised the Western Cape High Court's finding that a ban on the trade of tobacco products during the hard lockdown, aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, was unnecessary.

Until the sales ban was lifted under level 2, lockdown regulations stipulated that "the sale of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products is prohibited, except for export".

"This (court ruling on the regulations) of course was one of the arguments advanced by FITA in its challenging of the ban on the sale of cigarettes and tobacco related products, which the full bench of the North Gauteng High Court erred in finding same to be necessary," the statement said.

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