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FILE — In this June 2, 2020 file photo, a demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The country is one of just a few around the world to have banned tobacco sales during the pandemic and the only one to still have it in place.  (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht/File)

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa

Jul. 2, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Does anyone know where to get illegal cigarettes? I just need a few. I'm desperate.” She...

In this June 2, 2020 photo, a demonstrator exhales smoke during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria on Friday, June 26, 2020  dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Court upholds South Africa's cigarette sales ban in lockdown

Jun. 27, 2020 5:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria, on Friday dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. The...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, beer taps of South African Brewery brands are seen through the window of a closed bar in Cape Town, South Africa. A bootlegging culture has sprung up across South Africa in response to the government's nearly 8-week-old ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht, File)

South African bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate

May. 27, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A soccer mom in one of Cape Town's posh suburbs drops off a cardboard box of blankets to a neighbor. Inside the box are several bottles of red wine. In Johannesburg's Alexandra township, two men in face masks greet each other on a sunny street. One has surreptitiously sold the other a...