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Our History

The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) was formed in 1991 to represent the non-commercial, common interests of both the manufacturers of tobacco products and tobacco growers.

The Tobacco Exchange and the Tobacco Board evolved in 1996 to become Tobacco RSA. This body represents the primary industry in South Africa, i.e. growers, leaf dealers and processors.

In recent times, changes in local and global markets highlighted the need for a more consolidated focus within the South African tobacco industry. The members of TISA and Tobacco RSA, as well as new players in the local market, recognised the need for the South African tobacco industry to be more united and this resulted in the integration of Tobacco RSA’s operations into TISA.

This process, including the amendment of TISA’s Statutes to incorporate Tobacco RSA’s members as well as applying for deregistration of Tobacco RSA, was finalised during 2006.

The immediate effect was a stronger, more focused industry body, representing the common interests of the entire South African tobacco industry, both locally and globally.