Docs call for drink & cigs tax hike; BUDGET.
DOCTORS yesterday backed price increases for alcohol and cigarettes claiming it could be good for public health.
Calls have been made for a EUR2 rise on the price of 20 cigarettes, a 10 per cent increase on taxes on alcohol and a 20 per cent hike on spirits in the Budget.
The Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has also urged Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to reduce the tax on low-alcoholic drinks.
Dr Declan Bedford said: "Ireland is now at the top of the European league for alcohol consumption and harmful drinking patterns.
"Our consumption and our pattern of binge drinking have taken a severe toll on the health and well-being of the nation."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 4, 2008|
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