Budget 2018: Fears an increase in cost of cigarettes will fuel illegal trading

Retailers Against Smuggling say putting up the price of cigarettes in the budget will contribute to illegal trading in the border area.

A recent survey shows that nearly half of retailers in the border counties feel that Brexit will lead to an increase in smuggling and illicit trade.

215 retailers across the republic and Northern Ireland took part in a survery carried out by Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS).

According to a survey carried out by Revenue in 2016, 10% of cigarette packs are calssified as illegal while a further 8% are Non-Irish Duty Paid.

Speaking to OceanFM, Stephen Daly of the RAS says one option to stop illegal trading, is for the government not to increase the price of tobacco products in the next budget.