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Tobacco Statistics

SOUTH AFRICAN TOBACCO INDUSTRY


PRIMARY INDUSTRY

Key statistics (2015/2016 season):

  • 187 tobacco farmers
  • 8 000 – 10 000 workers
  • > 35 000 dependants making a living in deep rural areas
  • 5 005 hectares cultivated
  • 15 million kilograms
  • > 90% of tobacco used in SA for manufacturing high quality tobacco products.

MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
Key statistics (2015):

  • Total Cigarette Market: + 27 billion sticks
  • Total Duty Paid Market: + 21 – 22 billion sticks¬†(Illicit market: + 5.5 billion sticks)
  • Employees: + 2,000
  • Excise and VAT Amount:¬†> R16 billion to Government (2015)

CONSUMER STATISTICS (2013)

  • 7.7 million adult tobacco users in South Africa of which 6.3 million adults smoke cigarettes (Adults = 18 years and older)
  • Consumption of legal products has declined by 30% in 10 years