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May 2015

Sale of Illegal Tobacco a Growing Problem

From: UBCM The Voice of British Columbia

The sale of illegal tobacco is a growing problem in British Columbia according to a study by the Western Convenience Stores Association (WCSA).  The study found the average rate of contraband tobacco use across British Columbia to be 17%, with rates as high as 51.6% in certain tested locations.

The distribution of illegal tobacco encourages the sale of cheap cigarettes to youth; undermines Provincial health initiatives to reduce smoking; reduces Provincial tax revenue from the sale of tobacco; and increases organized criminal activity.