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In a recent statement about the ongoing controversial tobacco ban, Philip Morris South Africa (PMSA) said that the continued ban during the covid lockdown, has been a missed opportunity to make smoke-free alternatives available for the 11-million local smokers. The bans on tobacco products and alcohol sales announced in March, sadly included safer alternatives such as e-cigarettes and snus. Naturally, this had angered many public health experts and vaping advocates. [...] (VPASA) chief executive Asanda Gcoyi, reiterated that treating cigarettes and safer alternatives in the same manner poses a significant problem.