Shop owners claim tobacco pouch ban would cost them €13 million per year

An EU proposal to ban the sale of tobacco pouches below 40g in size could cost Irish shop owners at least €13 million per year.

24th February, 2013
Vincent Jennings with tobacco packets that weigh 12.5g, 25g and 50g, but look similar in size. Photo: Barry Cronin

An EU proposal to ban the sale of tobacco pouches below 40g in size could cost Irish shop owners at least €13 million per year. This is according to the Convenience Stores & Newsagents Association (CSNA), which last week lodged a complaint with the European Commission on the issue.

Vincent Jennings, CSNA chief executive, said the new proposals were "illogical and disproportionate" and would have devastating consequences for shop owners.

Under an EU draft directive,...

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