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Christopher Snowden: Why our efforts to cut smoking have been a failure

In the eyes of the public health community, Ireland is the poster boy for tobacco control.

It has the highest cigarette prices in the EU, and some of the strictest prohibitions. Ireland was the first country in the world to introduce a workplace smoking ban. It has banned the sale of 10 packs of cigarettes, introduced a display ban and vending restrictions, and graphic health warnings on packs.

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