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One of cigarette manufacturing companies in the country, Vision International Tobacco Limited, has said the influx of foreign cigarettes is eating into the market share of local products.

The company said, if this is left unchecked, the local industry is at risk.

Vision Industry Country Manager, Moses Ngwata said government needs to quickly intervene to ensure that the market share of locally-made cigarettes is maintained.

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“We need support from the government to put a lid on the influx of foreign-made products.

“We are a company that is supporting the growth of the economy. We recently opened new offices in Blantyre and Mzuzu, which is a boost to the economy. We are creating jobs for the youth and empowering some to open small businesses, as such, we need to be protected on the market,” Ngwata said”. He, however, said that the company has enjoyed business in the two years it has been on the market witnessed by the expansion drive that has seen it opening offices in all the major cities of country.

“We are also exploring new markets in Mozambique and Zambia, where we intend to start exporting our cigarettes in the near future,” Ngwata said.

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