Cigarettes to €13.50 a pack
Just go to https://www2.hse.ie/quit-smoking/ and you can get free help to quit smoking.A disproportionate tax on the poor. Is any of this tax take to be used for assisting addicts get off their habit?
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Ireland and most countries around the world. Almost 6,000 people die each year in Ireland due to smoking related illnesses.I wonder what the carbon emissions are from the tobacco industry?
You would save almost €3,000 if you bought your cigs in Spain. That would easily pay for a round trip and a pleasant weekend stay to boot, with lots to spare; not great for the planet I admit. But as Theobold points out that is not really an option for the less well off.No sympathy at all for people smoking. Just a pack a day now and it's costing €5000.00 per year. Wouldn't be a bit surprised at all to see SVP having a packet of fags in the hand out parcels this Xmas. Bloody mad
The cigs for the most part bought in Spain and other countries are the rat poison variety (illegal), the same as in Ireland. Let people who smoke do so by all means but for goodness sake I do hope they cop on to the awful waste of money and the cost of their health, never mind what they're doing to their children and everyone around them.Let's stop fooling ourselves. Most people who smoke in Ireland nowadays have purchased their cigarettes abroad and/or have people bringing the ciggies back to Ireland from foreign holidays.
Next time you're in the smoking area of any pub count the ratio of John Player Blue boxes from Spain -V- John Player Blue boxes from Ireland. Ireland has a score of nil for a start while the Spanish government obtains some tax from Irish purchasers. If we want to gain tax from ciggies in Ireland we've got to charge Spanish prices.
Indeed. I brought back some for people from Fuerteventura . €37.00 for 200, so €3.70 a pkt. I bought them in a reputable Supermarket but was told by the friends I gave them to that they were fakes. Who am I to argue? In any case, it's an expense anyone can save on by just stopping smoking. Govt don't mind less smoking, they're saving on medical care and all the other costs involved by people killing themselves slowly.Fake news. Same ciggies less than half the price.
No doubt a significant assist in reducing numbers of smokers. But smoking addiction goes beyond nicotine. There are significantly profound psychological issues, such as prevailing poverty, lack of career educational opportunities, 'sister' addictions like alcohol.Patches, gum etc..can be prescribed on the medical card...so if really “poor” then quit free of charge.
Two packs a day will cost €10k per year. The so called "poor" who can still manage to afford these amounts of money are diverting monies away from their families also to feed their habit. Nobody gets their annual holiday to Benidorm as a result...Just a pack a day now and it's costing €5000.00 per year.
That is absolute nonsense. The reason for high taxation is to turn people off smoking. The cost to the HSE in treating people with smoke related illness is far greater than the income generated from cigarettes. Suggesting putting a 50c tax on purchases that already attract VAT at 23% is ridiculous.The €0.50c increase is not an exercise in reducing smokers, it is an exercise in raising revenue. Targeting those who are at the centre of a public health care issue through their addiction.
It is not just targeting poor people, just disproportionately so.
A similar €0.50c tax could have applied to restaurant bills over €100, or hotel accommodation over €150 or tv subscriptions over €50 a month, or online purchases over €150, or jewellery purchases over €300, or club memberships over €500, or anything else you care to think of.
Instead, a lack of imagination and a reliance on 'old reliables' is used to raise revenue disproportionately against those typically on lower incomes and with an addiction.
I tell my kids, don't believe everything you're told. I think I have to say it to you too .Indeed. I brought back some for people from Fuerteventura . €37.00 for 200, so €3.70 a pkt. I bought them in a reputable Supermarket but was told by the friends I gave them to that they were fakes. Who am I to argue? In any case, it's an expense anyone can save on by just stopping smoking. Govt don't mind less smoking, they're saving on medical care and all the other costs involved by people killing themselves slowly.