Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

June 28, 2012 11:01 ET

Ontario Convenience Stores Association Applauds London City Council

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the work and support of all members of the London City Council in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a City Council meeting held Tuesday, June 26th. The motion requests that the Mayor of London write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.

"Cigarette butt studies conducted in London show the consumption of contraband cigarettes at 20% and at local high schools, as many as 35% of cigarettes smoked by youth were illegal," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "We are extremely pleased London has taken this step in the right direction and the OCSA will continue to offer its support to any municipality who join the fight against contraband tobacco." Recent seizures in 2012 further illustrate that this problem is growing not only in London, but across Ontario.

London 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 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

  • Katlyn Harrison or Lindsay Doyle
    Summa Strategies Canada
    613-235-1400