Budget Live: Reaction

Smokers being bullied, according to smokers rights group, Forest as 50 cent is added to the price of a 20 pack of cigarettes.

Spokesperson for Forest Ireland John Mallon says it's forcing people to buy cigarettes on the black market.


We are disappointed to see increased excise duty by 50c in #Budget2022. Cigarettes in Ireland are already the most expensive in the EU and as international travel returns, this increase will drive domestic sales towards Non-Irish Duty Paid and ramp up illegal activity in Ireland.

#BUDGET22💶: Our Pre-Budget Submission to Minister @Paschald TD highlights how attachment orders can support the Fines Act 2010 and strengthen the deterrents for those caught in possession of smuggled goods with the intention to sell.

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