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Budget 2019: Forest Ireland responds to increases in excise duties on tobacco

John Mallon, spokesman for the smokers’ group Forest Ireland, said, “Smokers have been the whipping boys of successive governments for far too long.

“A further increase in tobacco duties, including the Minimum Excise Duty, is immoral because it deliberately targets low earners and others who can least afford it.”

He added:

“Smokers expect to pay a fair level of tax on what is a potentially unhealthy product but there is no logic in pursuing a policy that discriminates against the poor, hurts legitimate retailers and enriches criminal gangs and governments abroad.”

Simon Clark

Mission & Vision



Forest’s mission is to protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco.


Our key aims and objectives are to:

  • counteract the “denormalisation” of smoking, and smokers
  • prevent further restrictions on the purchase and consumption of tobacco
  • establish closer links with other tobacco-friendly groups at home and abroad
  • build support among consumers of tobacco and other similarly threatened groups
  • highlight the increasingly intrusive nature of Big Government in the lives of private individuals