According to the Tobacco Institute of SA (Tisa), the country loses approximately R8 billion annually due to the increase in the sale of illegal cigarettes.
Sales from July 2018 increased from 33.4% to 41.8% in October 2018.
According to the chairman of Tisa, Francois van der Merwe, the cigarettes are manufactured locally, but no indication is given who is responsible for the “growing industry”.
Savannah and Ceaser are two famous illegal trademarks that are mainly sold in the informal sector.
Individuals who pay less than R17 for a packet of cigarettes know that it is black market cigarettes and both the buyer and the seller can be severely punished.
By: Die Vryburger
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