Harper Government reminded to act on illegal tobacco this World No Tobacco

TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - As we approach World No Tobacco Day (May 31, 2010), the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) is reminding the Harper Government to remember to take action against contraband tobacco.

Kids shouldn't smoke. Period.

And an NCACT advertisement, which appears in today's National Post, highlights the detrimental effect contraband tobacco is having on youth smoking, as more and more teens bypass anti-smoking laws and regulations to access cheap tobacco sold by organized crime groups.

A 2009 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health study revealed that approximately 60,000 of all students reported smoking contraband cigarettes during the previous year. Furthermore, among youth smokers the study concluded over half (53.5%) had smoked contraband cigarettes.

The NCACT advertisement is also available at www.stopcontrabandtobacco.ca.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/

SOURCE National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT)

For further information: For further information: Media inquiries: John Perenack, perenack@primestrat.com, (416) 238-2576

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