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Thread: €1 a cigarette. Too much?

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    Default €1 a cigarette. Too much?

    "Health Minister James Reilly wants to see each cigarette cost €1 to drive home to smokers the dangers of their habit."

    Reilly wants every cigarette to cost

    Given how much smokers cost the state each year maybe they should be a euro a pop... And it would certainly put them beyond the reach of teenagers, but also for many "hardened smokers" who's only vice is a pack of smokes a day...

    As a recovering smoker I think that this could be a step too far, the illegal cigarettes trade will flourish and smoking could almost become a status symbol "Yes, I can afford to smoke, so what?"..

    What do you think?
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    I think filters should be banned. They end up as litter and if all 'legal' cigs had no filters, it would be easier to catch illegal tax free imports.

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    With unmarked packages and at €1 a pop I wonder what would happen next ... ?

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    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emulator View Post
    No.
    Care to elaborate?
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    I think you're right... the illegal smokes trade would flourish and the 'state' would end up losing income... 1st by losing all the taxes and duty they'd fail to collect and 2nd on the inevitable resources they'd end up wasting in the pursuit of the smugglers etc.

    I know if I still smoked I'd be actively looking for illegal cigarettes cos €10 a pack is already a rip off...

    Worst of all though, is the utter hypocrisy the 'state' indulges in with regards to smoking...

    They're happy enough to take the revenue but also lambast smokers at every opportunity while also failing to make nicotene replacement products more affordable...

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    unbelieveable stupidity from the hypocritical fascist. Luckily the laws of the real world eventually will be brought to bear on stupid decisions whether fatty likes it or not.

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    Who cares tbh.....illegal cigarettes are so easy to get that now even I smoke them....
    Last edited by truthisfree; 30th March 2013 at 01:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcos the black View Post
    Care to elaborate?
    Yes.

    €1 per cigarette is not too much. Don't they contain a drug that renders them addictive ? How are they even legal ?

    They just show the force peer pressure plays on individuals and, apart from that, they are merely a form of Darwinism....

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    Excellent point about boosting crime.

    I question the notion that smokers "cost" the state.

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