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Poll: Should we double the price of cigarettes?

South Korea wants to bring in an 80 per cent hike, and James Reilly has said a pack of 20 should cost €20. What do you think?

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POLITICIANS IN SOUTH Korea want to bring in an 80 per cent cigarette price hike in a bid to cut tobacco use by over a third.

The plans aren’t all that dissimilar to an idea mooted here by Minister James Reilly earlier this year. He said a pack of 20 should cost €20 — more than double the current cost.

Officials at the Department of Finance have warned that any steep increase in prices could lead to a surge in consumption of black market tobacco.

What do you think?

Poll Results:

Yes, double it. (5254)
They're too expensive as it is. (2815)
Whoah! €20 is a bit extreme. (1646)
Leave the price alone. (1315)

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