What is the Problem?
- The Government is losing an estimated €569m per annum due to the amount of cigarettes consumed in Ireland originating from other countries.
- No Irish excise duties were paid on the 1.6 billion cigarettes that were consumed in Ireland, but not bought in Irish shops.
- Local retailers’ livelihoods are being threatened by the abundance of cut price cigarettes available in some unregulated street markets and through door to door selling, amongst others.
How does this affect you?
- €569 million is an unacceptable loss of Government revenue during recessionary times – the forecasted loss to the Exchequer in 2013 is expected to be higher.
- Your local newsagent cannot compete with criminals offering cut price cigarettes! The genuine efforts of small businesses to stay in business, provide employment and basic retail services to the local community, are being undermined.
- The average newsagent’s turnover from cigarette sales is between 20% and 30% of their total sales.
- Illegal sales of cigarettes is costing retailers €721 million in lost sales turnover.
- Smugglers do not ask minors for ID! The Department of Health’s tobacco control measures on age, price and labeling are easily circumvented.
- International criminals fund further illegal activities from the huge profits they make from selling illegal cigarettes in Ireland.