The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita SA) on Friday applied for leave to appeal against the Pretoria High Court’s recent ruling on the ban on the sale of tobacco products.
Last week, the court dismissed Fita SA’s urgent court application to set aside the government’s ban on the sale of tobacco products with costs.
Fita SA had argued in court earlier this month about lifting the ban on the sale of tobacco products.
Among other things, the organization argued that selling tobacco products should be essential as it is addictive.
However, the court did not find this to be the case. “Fita SA’s argument that cigarettes are essential because it is addictive has no merit. The fact that a drug is addictive does not make it necessary, ”Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said in his ruling.