Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)

November 07, 2013 14:28 ET

Ontario Convenience Stores Encouraged by Fall Economic Statement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 7, 2013) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) applauds the mention of illegal tobacco within the province's Fall Economic Statement that was released today.

"On behalf of the OCSA, I would like to commend the Ontario government for once again acknowledging the importance of combatting illegal tobacco," said CEO Dave Bryans. "Communities across Ontario have spoken and they want measures in place to reduce the supply of low-cost, illicit tobacco to youth," adds Bryans.

The Fall Economic Statement also stressed building stronger partnerships with First Nations communities on tobacco issues and the need to address the problem of illegal tobacco through a balanced approach of enforcement and partnership.

"The OCSA has repeatedly called for a balanced approach in combatting contraband-by working with law enforcement agencies and ensuring increased penalties for repeat traffickers, the province will continue to reduce the availability of illegal product," adds Bryans.

The OCSA is concluding its Communities Against Contraband Tobacco campaign, which has seen over 90% of the province of Ontario via its municipalities, pass motions encouraging the provincial government to follow through on its 2013 budget initiative against illegal tobacco.

About the OCSA

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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