Pretoria High Court Made A Ruling On Cigarettes After The Appeal
For weeks there have been talks and gruesome debates concerning the issue of the sale of cigarettes which has landed the matter inside the High Court.
The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association court bid to have cigarette ban overturned dismissed with costs in a ruling made on Friday the 26th of June. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed with costs an application to have government's ban on the sale of tobacco products overturned that was lodged by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association
Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association argued with the court that cigarettes should be viewed as essential on the basis that tobacco is addictive, among other things.
The High Court however was not convinced beyond reasonable doubt with the organisation's arguments thereby dismissing out-rightly their application.
The High Court not finding any merit in the argument said "The fact that a substance is addictive does not render it essential. We therefore find no basis on which to interpret the level five regulations as permitting the sale of tobacco products."
This means the smokers have to wait for yet another period in hopes that the government will ease the regulation and allow the cigarettes to be sold again legally.
Currently the illegal market has been thriving since the inception of the lock down regulations with several busts having made by the police seizing millions worth of cigarettes. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.