Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

General Scheme of the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill 2019: Department of Health

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

The point I am making is that 30% of cigarettes now sold come in packets of more than 20 cigarettes. If there are 27 cigarettes in a packet, they are costing the purchaser less per cigarette compared with a packet of 20 cigarettes. By allowing there to be packets with more than 20 cigarettes, are we not encouraging people to smoke 10%, 15% or 20% more than the number they might smoke if we brought in a regulation stipulating that cigarettes only be sold in packets of 20?


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