Anything that can be done to discourage people from smoking is to be welcomed. Anything that can be done to try to help smokers break their self-destructive habit is to be encouraged.
Yesterday’s Government decision to limit cigarette packaging to the kind of images that would test all but the most determined smoker — or tobacco addict if you prefer — is very welcome.
Those still smoking, and there are far, far too many, are prepared to pay nearly €10 for 20 cigarettes so continually making tobacco more expensive does not seem as effective a deterrent as it might be.
The Government is to be congratulated on making Ireland the second country in the world to confront the obscenity of tobacco marketing in this way.
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