Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

June 13, 2012 09:44 ET

Ontario Convenience Stores Association Applauds Oshawa City Council

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 13, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the work and support of all members of the Oshawa City Council in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a City Council meeting held Monday, June 11th. The motion requests that the Mayor of Oshawa write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.

"Oshawa's contraband usage is much higher than the provincial average. A recent butt study of local high schools found that 20% of the cigarettes were illegal," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "We are very happy that Oshawa has taken this step in the right direction, and the OCSA will continue to offer its support to any and all municipalities that wish to join the fight against contraband tobacco."

Oshawa 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.

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