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FITA files an application for leave to appeal the ruling of the Pretoria High Court

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The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association filed an application for leave to appeal the ruling of the Pretoria High Court on 26 June 2020 dismissing the application to have the ban on the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products during the lockdown period lifted.

The application to have the cigarette ban lifted was dismissed by the Gauteng North High Court in late June.

The court said that FITA’s argument that cigarettes ought to have been considered “essential” because they are addictive has no merit. 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.

The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association said in a statement on Twitter that they will keep the public updated on any further developments in relation to this matter.

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