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It was a fun experiment that showed South Africans will do what they do no matter what, govt be damned. Even old tannies bought illegal cigarettes by the carton.The cigarette ban was the stupidest idea ever.
And I'm not even a smoker.
More than 40% of South African stores selling illegal cigarettes
Illegal cigarettes are being sold in 41% of all shops in South Africa, a new study from independent market research agency Ipsos has found.
Using a mystery shopper approach, Ipsos researchers carried out fieldwork between 15 and 22 June 2021 and found the sale of illegal cigarettes had surged to unprecedented levels.
"The tide of illegal cigarettes has infiltrated every province as criminals wage a price war that is costing the state billions and destroying the legal market."
What happened to the tobacco industry is busy happening to the liquor industry .
There is decent vodka and gin available at a decent price now .
Prohibition does not work and this will be seen in the tax revenue , it is to easy to make a decent gin or vodka .
Tell that to the twits who continue to support drug prohibition.It is called a free market economy.
Considering muppets across the globe have been fighting a completely futile war on drugs for many decades I'd say they have yet to learn.Now they doing the same for Booze, they never learn do they ...
Well it took them something close to 100 years to figure that out in respect to cannabis and they're still clinging to prohibiting a variety of other recreational drugs, so I'd say quite clearly they never really learned their lesson.Prohibition, does not work, ask the Americans, about AL Capone, and da boys
Do they even list ingredients on legal cigarettes?Why do people buy the bootleg stuff? Only 'coz it's cheaper? Do they realize they could be putting any filler/additives in those things?
I'm no fan of big guv'ment, but in this case...