Itmac represents the views of its members when communicating with the Government, the authorities and others on issues which affect the industry as a whole such as taxation & smuggling, youth access prevention and other issues as they arise. It has no role in the manufacture, purchase, marketing or pricing of tobacco products. Itmac’s function is to work with all stakeholders in Ireland to ensure fair, proportionate and evidence-based tobacco policy.
Retailers are a key stakeholder of the member companies of Itmac as only registered retailers with the National Tobacco Register are legally entitled to sell tobacco products to Irish adults who choose to smoke. On average, 20% of an outlet’s turnover is derived from tobacco products and it is a key footfall category for retailers.
The illicit sale of tobacco products in Ireland is a shared concern of both the tobacco and retail industry in Ireland. Itmac, its member companies and retailers have worked together on a number of initiatives to prevent the sale of illegal sales in Ireland. Itmac is a corporate member of Retailers Against Smuggling and also supports the work of the retail trade associations – CSNA, NFRN, Retail Ireland and RGDATA – in tackling illicit sales of tobacco.