TELITA SNYCKERS: BAT’s schizophrenic U-turn: a ploy to get the foxes to guard the henhouse?
Why is BAT now, schizophrenically, demanding cigarette traceability? Especially since, less than a year ago, it was so vocally opposed to the very same initiative?
After 141 days of SA’s tobacco ban, which saw levels of illicit trade in tobacco rocket, British American Tobacco SA (BAT SA) is now urging the government to step in and eradicate the illegal sale of cigarettes.
The company, headquartered in London, has also called for the government to urgently ratify the World Health Organisation’s illicit trade protocol, which would include implementing a track and trace system, so packs can be traced back to their origin...