Exposing the Inner Workings of the Contraband Tobacco Industry

C-Stores Association Visits St. Thomas to Expose
the Inner Workings of the Contraband Tobacco Industry in Ontario

Close to 350 smoke shacks in Ontario and Quebec are making it virtually impossible for legitimate convenience store retailers to compete in the sale of tobacco products. Every other day, an Ontario convenience store closes its doors.

The Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) is “raising the roof” on smoke shacks by inviting media to the St. Thomas stop of a 25-city Ontario tour aimed at educating the public about the inner workings of the contraband tobacco industry and the huge economic and social implications that illicit tobacco has on both Native and non-native communities.

The CCSA will roll into town with its travelling “Window on Contraband” exhibition that promises a thought-provoking, front-seat view of the contraband industry’s inner workings. The exhibition will travel to 25-Ontario cities during the month of November.

At the news conference, the CCSA will also address the Ontario government’s lack of initiative and strategy in fighting the war on contraband and the troubling “double-standard” that exists in the current law.

City Scope has profiled the contraband tobacco fall-out in St. Thomas previously here , and where there is a further link to the health unit and the school boards.


WHAT: St. Thomas Stop – The Canadian Convenience Stores Association’s “Window on Contraband” Travelling Tour

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Greenfields Family Mart, 114 Confederation, St. Thomas

WHO: Peter Seemann – Regional Coordinator for Ontario, Canadian Convenience Stores Association

Interviews will be available following remarks.

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For Further Information, Contact:
Dianna Eakins, Media Contact
Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA)
Cell : 905.630.4208 / Email: ccsaeakins@gmail.com

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