Thursday 21 June 2018

Graham Clifford: If Government is serious it should go the whole hog and ban cigarettes

Of all the victims of today's Budget bruising, one member of society who will attract little or no sympathy is the smoker.

It's expected the cost of cigarettes will increase marginally, though charities such as the Irish Cancer Society have called on Michael Noonan to hike the price by a whopping 60 cent per pack.

Already Ireland is the most expensive country in Europe in which to be a smoker (an average pack of 20 costs about €10 here compared with €5 in Germany) and the Government tells us that price hikes will act as deterrents – the fact that it's a vicious addiction is beside the point.

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