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July 2, 2010 - Sales of licit cigarettes in Ireland have fallen by 40 percent in the 12 months since the imposition of a ban on in-store tobacco displays, according to the claims of retailers. Smoking is not thought to have diminished, but more demand is now being met by the illicit (illegal) trade.
If the 40 percent figure is correct and if this drop in licit sales has been caused by the display ban, Ireland can be said to have experienced a most extraordinary shift in its tobacco trade.
Barry Gilsenan, of Retailers Against Smuggling, said the year-old ban had normalised criminal trade in contraband tobacco, which now accounted for a quarter of all cigarette sales in the country. Gilsenan - "This was inevitable I hate to say,” he said. “When cigarettes are kept out of sight, it is very easy to trade illegal
Health campaigners from the Irish Cancer Society and ASH Ireland disputed the figures and rejected suggestions an ad ban was to blame for increased smuggling.
Reference: Cigarette sales down 40% in ad ban, United Kingdom Press Association (UKPA), 7/1/2010.
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