Commenting on the news that Ireland has moved a stage closer to plain packaging, Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs said:
"This is more good news for the criminal underworld. Ireland already has the biggest problem with illicit tobacco in Western Europe. Plain packaging will open up more opportunities in the black market, as it has in Australia. Ireland has tried every anti-smoking policy in the book and yet it has a stubbornly high smoking rate. It's time health policy was based on an understanding of why people smoke, rather than on the egos of politicians."
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