Case Studies in Illicit Tobacco Trade: South Africa

This Case Study was written by Corné van Walbeek, PhD, Professor of Economics, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. The Case Study examines the illicit trade of tobacco products in South Africa through the years 2002 to 2017 and concludes that recent issues in tobacco control in South Africa cannot be attributed to increases in tobacco taxation. The Case Study instead traces the recent rise of illicit trade to tobacco industry actions that thwarted effective tobacco control policies as well as ineffective administration and enforcement by the authorities.