Smokers’ rights in ashes

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Johannesburg – The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found on Wednesday that the health hazards of smoking outweigh the interests of smokers as a group.

The SCA dismissed an appeal against an order by the North Gauteng High Court brought by British American Tobacco of South Africa (Batsa).

The appeal concerned the proper interpretation of section 3(1) (a) of the Tobacco Products Control Act, as amended by the Tobacco Products Amendment Act, which relates to a prohibition on the promotion and advertising ...

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BAT-sucked in alleged industrial espionage

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Fidelis Munyoro Assistant News Editor – 
British American Tobacco, which has been sucked in the case of alleged industrial espionage Zimbabwe is investigating, was once dragged to court in South Africa on similar offences, it has

emerged.
Zimbabwe is investigating economic espionage involving an estimated R100 million worth of cigarettes local companies reportedly lost to armed syndicates in transit to South Africa over the past year.

Latest information reveals that BAT works with Forensic Security Services, a firm of private detectives, in ...

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Australia bans cigarette branding

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Sydney – A law forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets came into effect in Australia on Saturday in an effort to strip any glamour from smoking and prevent young people from taking up the habit.

The new law, the first of its kind anywhere the world, came into force despite a vigorous legal challenge by big tobacco, which argued that the legislation infringed its intellectual property rights by banning trademarks.

All cigarettes will now have to be sold in ...

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Mangaung smokers treated like royalty

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Bloemfontein – Smokers at the ANC’s national conference in Bloemfontein are being treated like royalty.

A tent, reminiscent of a stylish cocktail lounge, has been set up next to the media centre as the smoking room for journalists.

The air-conditioned perspex-walled marquee was filled with black and white sofas, chairs and ottomans with a scattering of red and grey throw pillows, and grey shaggy carpets.

The tent was lit up by hanging lights and red lamps on little side tables next to the ...

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Espionage case, net closes in on British American Tobacco

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THE net is closing in on officials from British American Tobacco (BAT) and other companies accused of collaborating with South African tobacco firms to engage in corporate espionage to sabotage local cigarette manufacturers.

Police detectives close to the probe said investigations were at an advanced stage and more leads were unfolding.

“Investigations are underway and they are at an advanced stage. The matter is being dealt with by the CID Law and Order,” a senior police officer said yesterday.

He could not shed ...

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