Crime smokes lucrative tobacco market

Heavily armed criminal gangs are plundering the lucrative tobacco industry, carrying out at least four hijackings a day on vehicles transporting cigarettes.

“You ‘hit’ a vehicle transporting cigarettes and you strike gold,” said Francois van der Merwe, CEO of the … Read the rest

Cigarette ads actor dies of smoking-related disease

Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died of a smoking-related disease. He was 72.

The Marlboro Man is the macho cowboy in the Old West. This is how Phillip Morris … Read the rest

Millions of illegal cigarettes seized at Warmbaths

Millions of illegal cigarettes were recovered from an LP Gas tanker in BelaBela (Warmbaths) after being inspected by police on 31 May 2013.

The cigarettes were concealed in hidden compartments within the tanker, which entered South Africa via the Groblersbrug … Read the rest