Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

June 24, 2014 09:44 ET

Convenience Stores Applaud Windsor RCMP In-Store Contraband Tobacco Seizure

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 24, 2014) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is applauding Windsor RCMP for their recent seizure of 232 cartons of illegal cigarettes at a local convenience store in the Windsor area.

"The OCSA maintains that it is never acceptable to purchase or sell illegal tobacco products, nor do we condone this activity in our stores," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "While we are very disappointed to see this happening in any convenience store, we are pleased that the RCMP took appropriate action in stopping this illegal activity."

The OCSA has taken a strong stance on the sale of contraband tobacco, actively encouraging the provincial government to continue its fight against this illegal industry. Local retailers in Windsor are encouraging the provincial government to adopt budget commitments aimed at tackling this illegal industry.

"Our retailers are told from day one buying contraband is against the law, and that participating in the illegal tobacco trade supports organized crime," said Bryans. "This store is not a member of our Association, and it certainly is not representative of other convenience stores in Windsor."

Through retailer training programs, age verification and communication on the dangers of contraband tobacco, the OCSA is doing its part inform retailers that it is never ok to purchase or sell illegal tobacco products.

"We agree with the Windsor RCMP - the sale of contraband tobacco remains a threat to public safety," said Bryans. "The OCSA will always stand alongside both government and law enforcement to ensure that this illegal activity is not taking place in our stores," said Bryans.

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