TWO-THIRDS of the population of the Republic of Ireland are in favour of doubling the price of cigarettes, according to a new survey, which says the view is shared by 50 per cent of Irish smokers. The survey was carried out on behalf of the Irish Office of Tobacco Control, which was interviewing a "nationally representative sample of 1,500 people." An increase in tax on cigarettes is expected in the Republic's December budget.

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