Tobacco company British American Tobacco (BAT), the maker of Dunhill and Lucky Strike, said SA’s cigarette ban is costing it about £25m (R550m) in unrealised profits a month.

The tobacco giant said it expects a positive outcome from a court challenge to the ban in SA, which will be heard by the Western Cape High Court this week. It has also experienced pressure in other emerging markets amid Covid-related factory closures.

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