In pubs, clubs and bingo halls all over the country for the past few weeks people have been collecting thousands of the new tobacco tax stamps from the back of cigarette packets.

The belief was that by collecting these stamps, they could be traded against items which could be donated to charity. Much to the disappointment of collectors, it turns out that the stamps have no redeemable value. Nobody seems to know where this urban myth began. 

Reporter Mícheál Ó hUanacháin comments

Urban legends like this have a long and well-documented history. They begin probably when somebody's cousin's husband's friend mishears something during a noisy conversation, or reports a 'what if' as a 'guess what'

This RTÉ News report was broadcast on 10 January 1996.