Cigarettes could be back on sale on 1 July
British American Tobacco (BAT), one of the biggest cigarette companies is said to be accepting orders from customers. The company will however not deliver the cigarettes until government lifts the ban. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
It is now a just pure speculation from retailers that cigarettes would be back on sale from 1 July. BAT says it is preparing itself for the possible influx of consumers once the ban is lifted by accepting orders already.
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Cigarettes' sales were banned in March at the beginning of the lockdown. There have been legal challenges between government and tobacco companies to lift the ban which most have been ruled to the government's favour. There is a currently a case in the High Court and government still stands by its reason that smoking will make COVID-19 symptoms worse.
Illegal cigarette market is thriving at the moment, bruising the country fiscus. The ban is estimated to have cost the revenue service R1.6 million.
Could it be that British American Tobacco knows exactly when government will lift the ban?