Government should ban tobacco companies from discounting larger packs, says CSNA

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Newsagents association says tobacco companies have too much control over price-setting



23 March 2021

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The Convenience Stores & Newsagents Association (CSNA) wrote to the Departments of Health, Finance and Enterprise last week asking for a ban on packs of more than 20 cigarettes or price controls based on a pro rata price per cigarette.

In an Irish Independent report, Vincent Jennings, CEO of the CSNA, said tobacco companies have too much control over price-setting, undermining health policy and lowering the tax take.

Jennings said that bigger box brands of more than 20 cigarettes are growing in popularity, as they offer smokers ‘bulk’ discounts of around 6-7%, but raised questions around retailers’ margins and consumption patterns.

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