THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the work and support of all members of the Thunder Bay City Council in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a City Council meeting held Monday, August 13th. The motion requests that the Mayor of Thunder Bay write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.
"The contraband usage, particularly amongst Thunder Bay youth, is particularly troubling. A local study of area high schools found that 70% of the cigarettes were illegal," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "We would like to applaud the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and their Illegal Tobacco campaign and congratulate City Council for following suit in this support. The OCSA will continue to offer its support to any and all municipalities that wish to join the fight against contraband tobacco."
Thunder Bay 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.