Business-backed coalition says sales of bootleg smokes on the rise in Atlantic Canada

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Calls for bigger crackdown on contraband tobacco

OTTAWA — A group partly funded by businesses that make or sell cigarettes says contraband tobacco is still a big problem in Canada.

The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco says that, despite new powers given police to crack down on contraband dealers, sales of bootleg smokes are on the rise in Atlantic Canada.

The coalition says criminal organizations in Ontario and Quebec have also adapted to new laws designed to curb the problem.

The coalition, which is backed by retailers, tobacco manufacturers and growers, among others, says it’s awaiting an extensive anti-contraband report from the RCMP.

That report, reviewing the state of contraband since 2008, was expected to be released by the end of last year.

Tomorrow, a Senate committee will review legislation introduced by the Conservatives in March to toughen penalties for selling contraband tobacco.

 

 

Organizations: Canada.The National Coalition, Atlantic Canada.The coalition, RCMP.That Senate committee Conservatives

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, OTTAWA, Ontario Quebec

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  • well
    May 08, 2013 - 06:53

    BM i totally agree with you, the price to have a smoke has gotten totally out of handand bozz is no different. Awhile back i was reading this paper the was 2 sentanceing , the one for counterband cigs got 3 years, at the same time another one was sentanced for assult on a child , he got 6 months ! .your right BM there is something very very wrong in this country

  • BM
    May 07, 2013 - 17:46

    Toughen penalties! You know why? More money for the crown. Ever notice they're not overly concerned about armed robberies, murder or any other crime that has no fines attached to it. The only law they add or change has one purpose behind it; MONEY!!