Retail Licence Fee
Irish Tobacco Control Legislation requires retailers and vendors selling tobacco to register with the Health Service Executive (HSE) via the National Register of Tobacco Retailers. There has been a once-off fee of €50 to join the Tobacco Register but the former Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly proposes to increase the fee by requiring retailers and vendors to renew a tobacco licence every year from 2014. According to recent reports, the retail license fee could be increased to €500 in order to reach the Minister’s target of a €5m income stream from this fee in 2014.
The Department of Health has not yet issued any further details on this proposed measure.
As there is already a Retail Register in place for those who wish to sell tobacco products and as it is noted by the Tobacco Free Report that compliance is high, ITMAC believes that the introduction of a licensing system is unnecessary and imposes an additional regulatory burden and cost on retailers.