Use of contraband tobacco appears to be up in Nova Scotia: ‘butt study’

From: News Herald

DAN ARSENAULT Crime Reporter

More Nova Scotians appear to be opting for cheap contraband cigarettes, according to a “butt study” paid for by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association.

For the study, Montreal research firm Niric analyzed 3,050 cigarette butts collected from 27 locations across the province this spring, and found that one in five were illegal, or contraband, smokes.

The numbers show a 40 per cent increase (from 14.6 to 20.4 per cent) from a similar study done in 2013.

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