HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of all members of Hamilton City Council, in unanimously passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a City Council meeting held Wednesday, September 12th. The motion requests that the Mayor of Hamilton 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 is particularly troubling in the Hamilton area, with local RCMP conducting major seizures in recent years, and even in the last few weeks" said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "I thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to address members of Council who were not only attentive and insightful in our discussion, but are evidently willing to take this issue on. We would like to congratulate the Hamilton City Council for passing this motion and the OCSA will continue to offer its support to any and all municipalities that wish to join the fight against contraband tobacco."
Hamilton 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.