Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

July 09, 2013 16:03 ET

Hundreds of Cornwall Residents Participate in Contraband Tobacco Awareness Campaign

CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 9, 2013) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) completed a contraband tobacco awareness campaign in Cornwall area convenience stores today, which saw hundreds of residents sign letters encouraging further government action on contraband tobacco.

The campaign featured an interactive tablet that allows customers to send a letter to Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa and Premier Kathleen Wynne directly from the store. A copy of these letters will also be sent to the Federal Minister of Public Safety and local Member of Parliament Guy Lauzon.

The letter encourages the Ontario Government to follow through on its 2013 commitments to fight contraband tobacco. It also discusses the future movement of the Cornwall border and its potential impact on the contraband tobacco trade in the area. In total, over 3,200 customers participated in the campaign, with 410 agreeing to sign letters.

"This campaign is a way for our retailers to engage local customers about the perils of contraband tobacco. It is also a way to engage the provincial and federal governments to ensure they work together to provide adequate resources to ensure local public safety," says Dave Bryans, CEO of the OCSA.

The tablet campaign builds on OCSA's municipal anti-contraband tobacco initiative across Ontario. Over 70 communities across Ontario have passed motions in support of the campaign representing over 50% of the province.

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) represents more than 7,000 convenience store operators throughout the province who are committed to Responsible Community Retailing. More than 3 million people visit convenience stores in communities across Ontario every day.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)
    Lindsay Doyle or Katlyn Harrison
    613-235-1400