Ash Ireland Calls For 60c Increase On Cigarettes

An anti-smoking group is calling for a 60 cent increase in the price of a packet of cigarettes in December's budget.

900,000 smokers in the country smoke 6 billion cigarettes a year, according to Ash Ireland.

The group says an increase in the price is the best weapon in the fight against the habit.

It says 5,700 people die of tobacco related illnesses every year.


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