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Cigarettes are set to go up in today’s budget

Cigarettes are set to go up in today’s budget

There was bad news for smokers today with the government expected to add 50c to the price of a packet of cigarettes in Budget 2017.

The move brings the standard price of a packet of cigarettes to €11.

While Finance Minister Michael Noonan is likely to argue to the increase brings in welcome tax revenues, retailers will say the move will drive smokers into the arms of cigarette smugglers.

The Government, however, is not expected to announce an increase in the cost of alcohol.