• Contraband Tobacco Remains a Big Issue
    June 30, 2023

    With the recent increases in cigarette prices as well as tax issues bestowed upon legal tobacco, we still see the issue of untaxed cigarettes sitting at 30-35 % in Ontario. Tobacco is a declining category but the best way we can shore up the instore business to constantly reminding our local MPP’s of the issues […]

  • Ontario survey on contraband tobacco
    OCSA Letter Warning of Contraband Impact
    October 3, 2020

    The re-opening of smoke shops on Ontario reserves has brought an issue facing our channel back to the forefront; the sale of cheap, untaxed cigarettes damaging the business of regulated convenience store retailers. A tobacco survey conducted by the OCSA this year has aided us in our efforts to help the government better understand the […]

  • Cigarettes
    Ministry Consulting OCSA on Unregulated Tobacco
    January 20, 2020

    The Ministry of Finance is consulting on addressing unregulated tobacco in Ontario. The OCSA will be participating in round tables and providing recommendations to the Ministry of Finance  on ways to address illegal tobacco issues in Ontario. The OCSA estimates that over one third of cigarette sales are unregulated and do not comply with federal […]

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