l The tobacco industry makes an estimated R16 billion turnover a year, half of which goes to government taxes;
l The industry pays about R8 billion in government taxes;
l It employs more than 25 000 people and up to 80 percent of them come from the rural areas;
l There are about 100 000 people, including the families of employees, who benefit from the tobacco industry;
l More than 200 000 cigarettes are sold illegally in South Africa daily.