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Ireland: Raising excise duty on tobacco is a “massive own goal”

Raising excise duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes by a further 50 cents, with a pro-rata increase on other tobacco products, is a “massive own goal” says Forest Ireland.

Spokesman John Mallon said:

“Raising excise duty on tobacco is a massive own goal by government.

“Ireland is already the most expensive country in Europe to buy tobacco. Thanks to Pascal Donohoe, more smokers will buy their tobacco duty free when they are abroad, or on the black market at home.

“Increasing the excise duty on tobacco discriminates against the low paid and others who can least afford it. The only people who will benefit are the criminal gangs who sell illegal tobacco.”

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