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Cigarette smuggling leads to job losses | Print |  Email
Sunday, 05 February 2012
Benny Gilsenan, of the 3,000-strong Retailers Against Smuggling lobby group, reported during the week to the Oireachtas Committee on Finance that at least 700 retail jobs had been lost last year due to the level of cigarette smuggling. With contraband cigarettes selling at €3.20 a pack, the State lost some €420m in 2010 and retailers suffered a loss of up to €575m. The group has recommended a minimum fine of €100k to deter illegal sales.

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