I knew this rung a bell. The Irish government is considering a plain packaging law and JTI Ireland, one of the largest tobacco companies in the country threatened to sue. Now a senator is saying there should be retaliation.
“We should retaliate … the Government should consider some kind of measured response, that if this goes to court they should consider truly punitive taxes on tobacco company profits,” he said.
“Perhaps something like a 99% tax on the profits of tobacco companies, or perhaps something like putting a €1,000 a pack tax on a pack of cigarettes – if the industry tries these kind of antics with us.”