Fita granted leave to appeal dismissal of cigarette ban challenge

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) leave to appeal the dismissal of the cigarette ban challenge. 

Fita approached the court after the high court dismissed its legal challenge on the current tobacco ban.

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According to the North Gauteng High Court, the association failed to show why an appeal should be heard.

Fita argued that they are not disputing that smoking is harmful or dangerous, but are requesting clarity on the link between smokers and COVID-19 putting a strain on the healthcare system.

READ: Fita heads to Supreme Court of Appeal over tobacco ban

Sales of any tobacco products have been banned since the start of the lockdown in March.

This as the country waits with bated breath for government to announce whether or not the National State of Disaster will be extended.

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