Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Saturday 2 December 2023 Dublin: 0°C
budget 2019

The price of a packet of cigarettes is set to go up by 50c

A 20-packet of a popular brand will now cost smokers €12.70. / YouTube

MINISTER FOR FINANCE Paschal Donohoe has said the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes is set to increase by 50 cent. 

Speaking in front of the Dáil this afternoon, Donohoe said that he is increasing excise duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes by 50 cent, with a pro-rate increase on other tobacco products. 

This will bring the price of cigarettes in the most popular price category to €12.70.

Donohoe also announced that he is increasing excise duty on tobacco products so that all cigarettes cost below €11 will have the same excise applied as cigarettes sold at €11. 

A new poll published last night found that most people want the cost of cigarettes to be increased by €5 in Budget 2019 and for the extra money to be ring-fenced to fund cancer treatments.

Seven in 10 people (71%) are in favour of such a move, according to an opinion poll carried out by Amarách Research for Claire Byrne Live.

According to a separate opinion poll, 64% of people would prefer income tax cuts and 34% would favour spending increases.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel