• contraband cigarette smoking
    Tobacco Tax Freeze Heading Into 2019
    November 22, 2018

    The OCSA has been actively working with the provincial government to address the issue of contraband tobacco. As we have discussed in the past, one of the key reasons contraband flourishes is due to high tobacco taxes. For this reason, the OCSA greatly appreciates the Ontario government recognizing this issue and halting the proposed $4.00 […]

  • Plain Packaging Bill S-5
    Retailer Action Needed on Bill S-5
    September 28, 2018

    On May 23rd, 2018, Bill S-5, An Act to Amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-Smokers Health Act became law, laying the groundwork for plain packaging and other standardization measures. Convenience stores operate a legal, respected and trusted business that serves and employs people from the community. It’s time to speak up and be heard: […]

  • OCSA talks contraband with Crime Stoppers
    OCSA, Crime Stoppers Unite to Curb Contraband
    July 16, 2018

    The OCSA has teamed up with Crime Stoppers to work on issues members encounter with regard to contraband in Ontario. By spreading awareness, the two parties hope to limit the opportunities organized crime has to profit off of the illegal tobacco market. As illegal activity grows, the OCSA will meet with the newly elected government […]

  • Contraband tobacco study, 2017
    Contraband Tobacco Levels in Ontario Reaching Alarming Rates According to New Study
    November 14, 2017

      Government Failure to Tackle Contraband Tobacco Highlights Double Standard Around Proposed Regulations for Marijuana The latest contraband study, conducted on behalf of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA), reveals that the volume of contraband tobacco being consumed by Ontario residents continues to rise at an alarming rate in every region across the province. The […]

  • Biker vest
    Crime Stoppers: Sale of Illegal Cigarettes is Funding Bikers, Street Gangs and Terrorists
    September 18, 2017

    Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Launches Hard-Hitting Public Awareness Campaign TORONTO – Monday, September 18, 2017 – Today, Crime Stoppers programs across Ontario officially launched a province-wide public awareness campaign to highlight the threats to our communities posed by the sale of illegal cigarettes. The campaign features a series of 30-second radio and print advertisements […]

  • Ontario Budget
    Response to Ontario Budget – Need for Comprehensive Plan to Address Illegal Tobacco Market
    April 28, 2017

    The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) was disappointed that the recent Ontario budget did not include a comprehensive, holistic solution to the growing threat of illegal tobacco. While the government did announce an increase to the tobacco tax, this increase is just a band aid – while the legal tobacco market will pay it, the […]

  • Contraband Tobaccoo Usage Rises Even Higher in 2016
    November 30, 2016

    Illegal Tobacco Use in Ontario Surpasses 30% New regulations on legal tobacco products could see contraband rate increase further The Ontario Convenience Store Association (OCSA), has released an updated study on illegal tobacco use across Ontario. For the third year in a row, the use of illegal tobacco has increased in most surveyed locations, and […]

  • OCSA illegal tobacco awareness campaign
    July 14, 2016

    Find out if your tobacco is illegal.

  • Enforcement Team Created to Fight Contraband Tobacco in Ontario
    January 25, 2016

    Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Create a New Contraband Task Force Located within the OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, the new team will be dedicated to investigating the smuggling and trafficking of contraband tobacco and will work closely with local, provincial, national and international enforcement agencies to combat and eliminate sophisticated contraband tobacco networks across Ontario. […]

  • Buy illegal tobacco and it will cost you in the long run.
    June 30, 2015

    Find out if your tobacco is illegal.

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