Retailers in Ireland Worried About Introduction of Plain Packs

Plain Cigarette Pack

In Ireland the representatives of Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association ( CSNA) told that Australia adopted too strict measures in order to improve their legislation on tobacco packaging.

According to Vincent Jennings, who is CSNA chief executive, the introduction of plain cigarettes packaging in Ireland should be delayed. The initiative should be discussed first in order to determine all pros and cons.

On the meeting Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Vincent Jennings said that he was worried that there was not estimated the regulatory impact of the plain packs proposal.

The Public Health Bill entitled Standardised Packaging of Tobacco will introduce standardised plain packaging on all tobacco products.  The Bill will clarify the position and size of health warnings displayed on cigarette packets.

The Australian anti-tobacco measures included a 25% annual increase in excise taxes during four years.  Australian government totally spent A$85m (€56.3m) on tobacco policy, and A$28m of them were spent on high-risk and disadvantaged groups.

Mr Jennings added that the Australian government reduced the number of duty-free cigarettes from 250 to 50.

Australia introduced plan cigarettes packs in 2011 and it is the first country in the world who did this. Now many countries worldwide want to follow this example.

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