FCTC Ratification: 19 April 2005
Entry into force: 18 July 2005
Every year more than 31,800 of its people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 343,000 children and more than 5,692,000 adults continue to use tobacco each day. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic will ensure the tobacco industry continues to run roughshod over the lives of South Africa's citizens and ensure that tobacco's death toll will grow with each passing year. Tobacco control advocates must reach out to other communities to strengthen their efforts in this mortal fight.
2,383,700 people currently use smokeless tobacco
366 men are being killed by tobacco every week
245 women are being killed by tobacco every week
British American Tobacco (BAT) South Africa dominates the market at over 80 percent.
With the South African economy continuing to slide, the weakening of the rand against the US dollar, rising interest rates and the rising cost of living, the majority of consumers continued to look for ways to save money in 2013. In addition to the growth in illicit cigarette volumes, there was a move towards cheaper variants of legal products. Philip Morris’ Marlboro brand was extended to include Marlboro Beyond while JTI’s Winston brand saw the addition of Winston Slide. The company also introduced cheaper variants of its Camel brand, with Camel White, Black and Activate benefiting from cheaper Virginia blend tobacco. These variants cost around R10 less than the price of the regular variant.