Fita heads to Supreme Court of Appeal over tobacco ban

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JOHANNESBURG - The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) has approached the Supreme Court of Appeal.

This after the high court dismissed Fita's 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.

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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.

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

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