FITA was today in court to plead for the Government to lift the ban on cigarettes. The judges at the Gauteng North High Court dismissed the case.
FITA in court argued that cigarettes are addictive which grants them to be essential items.
“FITA’s argument that cigarettes ought to have been considered “essential” because they are additive 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 application was dismissed and all costs will have to be paid by FITA.