Calls for a crack-down on contraband cigarettes

Around 21 per cent of cigarettes sold in the province are contraband

Contraband tobacco is increasingly becoming a problem in the province.

According to a recent study, it's popping up in places you may not expect it to like schools, hospitals and even transit stations.

In October and November, Ontario Convenience Store Association researchers picked up cigarette butts in these public places. Tests show 1 in 5 cigarettes sold in the province are contraband.

Some local numbers are even more staggering -  contraband found at Kipling Collegiate Institute in Toronto was over 30 per cent, it was over 42 per cent at the Oshawa Shopping Centre, and almost 41 per cent Brampton GO station.

By comparison, the number at Fallsview Casino in Niagara was 40 per cent.

CEO Dave Bryans he wants the province to not only educate the public about contraband but also follow through with a budget promise to crack down on it.

As for where this  contraband tobacco is coming from, Bryans points to native reserves and networks in the US.

He underlines kids 18 and under won't be sold cigarettes in stores but it's an anything goes attitude with contraband. Which is why he repeated calls for the province to make possession and consumption of tobacco illegal for anyone who is underage.

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  1. john posted on 12/09/2013 11:06 AM
    and i am suppose to care how ? i don't drive insurance comps can kiss my fat hairy ass .

    2nd if wanna smoke that crap go ahead i realty dont care . we did fight in ww2 so we can be free did we not ?
  2. Frankie posted on 12/09/2013 11:56 AM
    I'm not a smoker however this should be obvious to a child.

    Product is easily accessible at $ 2 OR pay $ 10 legally. Any bureaucrat or politician not understanding those economics needs an education in basic economics.

    If the product were $ 4-5 legally contraband would likely drop at least 70%.

    As to the moral issue, when politicians such as the Ontario Liberals "steal" over $ 1 Billion to save their seats, when they waste billions upon billions of dollars because they don't care about the taxpayer, why would they expect these smokers to respect the laws that they are supposed to represent?

    I'm not suggesting one break the law however politicians shouldn't act surprised.

    Of course they could eliminate this activity by jailing or executing everyone caught with illegal smokes :)
    1. john posted on 12/09/2013 12:45 PM
      @Frankie if thay have to lren about economics EVERY one of them would be going back to school .
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