OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society welcomes a
federal bill to reduce tobacco contraband introduced in Parliament
today. Bill C-10 - the Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act - received first
reading in the House of Commons and was jointly announced by Minister
of Health Rona Ambrose and Minister of Justice Peter Mackay.
"Higher tobacco taxes increase the cost of cigarettes and are the most
effective way to reduce youth smoking," says Rob Cunningham, Senior
Policy Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society. "The availability of cheap
contraband cigarettes undermines the effectiveness of tobacco taxes."
Cunningham adds that illegal cigarette sales have decreased dramatically
in recent years and Bill C-10 will provide additional enforcement
mechanisms to help further reduce tobacco contraband.
"This bill contributes to a comprehensive tobacco control strategy that
includes taxation, legislation and programing," says Cunningham.
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SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)
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Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society