Smokers and fans of fizzy drinks are the first cohort of people hit by Budget 2018.
From midnight tonight, cigarettes will cost 50c more, so the price of a packet now stands at a whooping €12.
Also, the much-vaunted ‘Sugar tax’ is finally here, which adds 30c to a litre of drinks containing over 8g of sugar per 100ml.
Drinks containing between 5g and 8g of sugar per 100ml will have a reduced tax of 20c per litre.
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