Budget 2021: Smokers face another increase but e-cigarettes untouched – Irish Examiner

Budget 2021: Smokers face another increase but e-cigarettes untouched – Irish Examiner

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has announced a further increase in the price of a packet of cigarettes.

From midnight, a packet of 20 cigarettes increases by 50cents with pro-rata increases on other tobacco products. 

It brings the costs of cigarettes to at least €14 for the most popular cigarettes.

The Irish Heart Foundation has welcomed the increase but warned more must be done to put tobacco and e-cigarettes out of the purchasing reach of young people.

The charity had called for the phased introduction of a €20 charge for a packet of cigarettes by 2025 and a new excise tax of 6c per millilitre of e-cigarette liquid to prevent youngsters becoming addicted to nicotine.

“The 50c increase on a packet of cigarettes, and pro-rata on other tobacco products, is welcome but much more needs to be done. We are disappointed that there is no taxation on e-cigarette liquid,” said Irish Heart Foundation head of advocacy, Chris Macey.

Chris Macey Head of Advocacy, Irish Heart Foundation
Chris Macey Head of Advocacy, Irish Heart Foundation

“The smoking rate among 15-16-year-olds has been cut from 41% to 12% over a 20-year period.

“We cannot give up these hard-won health gains by allowing a new generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through an e-cigarette industry that is largely controlled by big tobacco.

“During the Covid pandemic, when our respiratory and cardiovascular health is paramount, it is disappointing that the Government failed to do more in the drive to achieve a
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