What were they smoking? SA’s big tobacco body suddenly in the ...

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What were they smoking? SA’s big tobacco body suddenly in the ash tray

Tisa calls it a day in move that leaves cigarette economists and local manufacturers very suspicious

Senior reporter

South Africa’s most vocal critic of local cigarette manufacturers, who they accuse of robbing the economy of billions of rands in taxes, has seemingly gone up in smoke.

The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa, which represents international manufacturers such as British American Tobacco (BAT) in the country, put a short notice on their website last month, indicating they were “wrapping things up”.

Tobacco economists and cigarette industry insiders said they were taken by surprise by the disintegration of Tisa, which has occurred as the country gears up for public debates around the much anticipated Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill...

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