FACTS

l The tobacco industry makes an estimated R16 billion turnover a year, half of which goes to government taxes;

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.

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