Increased Efforts to Keep Contraband Tobacco off Canadian Markets

March 6, 2013

For Immediate Release

March 6th, 2013

Increased Efforts to Keep Contraband Tobacco off Canadian Markets

Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, recently announced increased measures to ensure that contraband tobacco is kept out of Canadian markets.

These measures will include the establishment of a 50 officer RCMP Anti-Contraband Force as well as creating a new Criminal Code offence with mandatory penalties of imprisonment for repeat offenders. Punitive measures within the new Criminal Code offence would be:

– 90 days incarceration on a second conviction;

– 180 days incarceration on third conviction;

– 2 years less a day on subsequent convictions.

“I am very pleased to see that we are making a greater effort to keep contraband tobacco off of Canadian streets and out of the hands of our children,” said Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “With the high level of availability of inexpensive, illegal tobacco, it is easy for children to be lured into smoking and these measures will go a long way in preventing this.”

Further to these announcements, Miller expressed his desire for local authorities, the OPP, and Health Units in Grey and Bruce counties to increase surveillance on “Cheap” Smoke Shops that sell contraband tobacco to customers who are legally not to purchase tobacco from them.

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