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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Reilly seeks to double price of cigarettes

Health Minister wants to increase pack of 20 to €20

The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly
The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Health Minister James Reilly wants each cigarette in a packet of 20 to cost €1, a move which would more than double the price for a packet of smokes.

The minister has called for an increase on a packet from around €9.40 to €20, as part of his war on tobacco.

Mr Reilly made his mind known while addressing the first meeting of the Health Ireland Council.

Around 22pc of the population are currently smokers and Mr Reilly has already said that he aims to cut smoking rates to below 5pc in just over 10 years.

There has been a 7pc reduction in the number of smokers since the smoking ban was introduced in March 2004.

During the address, the minister also said that he was “well disposed” to a tax on high sugar drinks.

“We’ve got to make the right things to do, the easy thing to do” in relation to healthy eating, he said, according to a report in the Irish Times today.

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