You have to laugh.
What do they want that €1 used for?
Combat cigarette smuggling.
Here, ladies and gentlemen, we have an example of a complete ignorance of the most basic fundamentals of supply and demand.
I am currently smoking pipe tobacco that I bought in France. It cost me €6.50 a pack. If I were to buy the equivalent quantity here, it would cost me €16 a pack. Now, if I can find someone on a street corner or in a pub who will sell me that tobacco at six or seven yoyos a pop, am I going to refuse? There is a demand, so there will be a supply.
Trying to combat the sale of cheap imported cigarettes by increasing the price of the local ones is sheer madness.
But then I see that The Irish Cancer Society is one of the main sponsors of ASH.
NOW it makes sense.