BRACEBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of the Muskoka District Council, in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a meeting held Monday, November 12th. The motion requests that the Muskoka District Chair write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.
"The distribution and sale of contraband tobacco is a growing concern in Muskoka. On March 16, 2012, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario stopped a truck carrying over one million contraband tobacco cigarettes at the entrance of the Seguin Trail off Highway 400," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "There is no doubt that this influx of illegal product would have made its way into the hands of youth. We would like to thank members of Council for their support-this is a clear sign that your local government will not tolerate the availability of contraband tobacco in the Muskoka region."
Muskoka area retailers and members of the OCSA look forward to seeing a reduction of contraband products following the recent commitments in the Ontario budget. "As the government looks to follow through on Budget commitments to stop contraband tobacco, support from all levels of government will be critical in helping protect the safety of our communities, and to ensuring that age-restricted products don't wind up in the hands of Ontario's young people," said Bryans.
The OCSA has been engaging municipalities throughout Ontario in its anti-contraband tobacco campaign for over 6 months. To date, over 40 municipalities throughout the province have passed supportive motions.
The 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.