OTTAWA, May 30, 2012 /CNW/ -
|Who:||Gary Grant, National Spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT)|
|What:||Grant will be discussing the status of Canada's anti-contraband tobacco activities in light of World No Tobacco Day.|
|Why:||Contraband tobacco is a major problem in Canada, particularly in Ontario. Illegal cigarettes fund the activities of more than 175 criminal gangs, including drugs, guns, and human smuggling. Contraband's low price and easy availability also makes it a prime source of youth smoking. Given the aims of World No Tobacco Day, it is important to look to areas where government action can have the greatest effect.|
|When:||Thursday, May 31st at 10:00 AM. Grant will also be available by phone throughout the day.|
|Where:||Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Ottawa, ON|
The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco is a Canadian advocacy group formed with the participation of businesses, organizations and individuals concerned about the growing danger of contraband cigarettes. NCACT members share the goals of working together to educate people and urge government to take quick action to stop this growing threat.
The members of the NCACT include: Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA), Retail Council of Canada, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council, National Convenience Stores Distributors Association (NACDA), Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Frontier Duty Free Association, Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers, Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec (FCCQ), Conseil du Patronat du Québec (CPQ), l'Association des marchands dépanneurs et épiciers du Québec (AMDEQ), Toronto Crime Stoppers, National Citizen's coalition, The Customs & Immigration Union (CIU), the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
For further information:
To arrange interviews with Mr. Grant, please contact:
Michael Powell, NCACT Public Affairs
Telephone: 613-797-7313 (cell); 1-866-566-5961 (office)