Certain cigarette brands in South Africa are more expensive than before they were banned under the country’s coronavirus lockdown, and are reportedly about to get even pricier. Business Insider South Africa compared the prices of popular cigarette brands before and after the lockdown and found that prices of premium brands have skyrocketed by as much as 35%, while the prices of mid-market brands have stayed about the same, some even getting slightly cheaper. Prices are definitely about to increase, though as a letter to retailers from British American Tobacco South Africa, the largest cigarette manufacturer in South Africa, said it will be raising the prices of its brands by between 4% and 10% to try and claw back some of the revenue lost after nearly five months of tobacco prohibition.
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