British American Tobacco South Africa said on Tuesday it is alarmed by what it regards as a record increase in armed robberies of its products. “We, obviously, had no robberies during the tobacco sales ban as we were not transporting products. When the ban was lifted, on a monthly average 2 845 cartons of cigarettes (569 000 individual cigarettes) were stolen during armed attacks on our distribution vehicles. And this, although we have increased security measures,” Fin24 quotes the company’s General Manager, Johnny Moloto, as saying. This, Moloto said, is stoking organised crime and fuelling the illicit trade in cigarettes.