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Ireland: Tobacco tax hike "unforgivable" says Forest

Thu 27th October, 2022

Budget 2023: Responding to the 50c increase in the price of cigarettes, John Mallon, spokesman for Forest Ireland, said:

"Targeting smokers, many of whom are on the lowest incomes, with yet another tax hike is unforgivable, especially during a cost of living crisis.

"A 50c increase will push the cost of cigarettes to around €15.80 for a premium pack and €13.80 for an average pack.

“More smokers will buy tobacco on the black market and that will lead to more smuggling and an inevitable loss of revenue for the government.”

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