The Canadian convenience store owners are going out of business because of contraband cigarettes as per the records of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA).
This week the association paid a visit to Bill's Super Variety in Kitchener with the aim of educating the people and the government regarding the problem of contraband cigarettes. This visit was a part of a 25-city "Window on Contraband" tour.
The association said that presently contraband cigarettes account for almost half of all cigarettes sold in Ontario which caused a loss of up to 2.5 billion dollars in the sales for convenience stores. Owing partially to this data almost 6 stores were shut everyday in Canada in the year 2009.
Peter Seemann, the association's spokesperson for the tour said, "Contraband will be impossible to eradicate, but we feel that lowering (the sales) to 10 per cent will break down the illegal distribution chain."
The association now aims at forcing the federal and provincial governments to take strict action to stop the sale of contraband cigarettes across the country.
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