Convenience stores call for contraband cigarettes crackdown

From: CBC News

Atlantic group says tougher laws in Quebec are pushing organized crime into New Brunswick

The Atlantic Convenience Store Association is repeating calls for tougher New Brunswick legislation to deal with illegal tobacco.

The group says millions of contraband cigarettes are being sold in the province, with the average rate now at about 22 per cent, up from eight per cent four years ago.

“We think that this is a number that is way too high. We’re looking at one in five cigarettes sold in this province that are illegal,” said association president Mike Hammoud.

He contends new tougher laws and fines in Quebec have led to organized crime crossing into New Brunswick in search of sales.

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