Some smokers fire up on pricey contraband, others find it a fag

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Some smokers fire up on pricey contraband, others find it a fag

A survey has found that while some smokers will cough up for unknown brands, others are stubbing out their habit

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SA’s controversial cigarette ban has pushed some smokers to the black-market, while others have kicked the habit.

A survey of more than 2,000 smokers by technology company M4Jam found while some are paying exorbitant prices, sourcing cigarettes through “backdoor suppliers” and local shops, others have stopped smoking because they refuse to buy brands that could be even more harmful.

“While the cigarette sales ban is in place, a third of smokers are still indulging one to three times a day, but just nine percent of smokers have four to five smokes a day and another nine percent are smoking more than five per day...

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