Media Advisory - National Conference to Discuss Crisis of Contraband Tobacco

    OTTAWA, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Members of the Canadian Convenience Stores
Association, tobacco manufacturers, law enforcement, First Nations
representatives, educators, government officials and retailers will meet in
Ottawa on November 2 to discuss the critical business and social problems
caused by contraband tobacco.
    Studies have shown that contraband tobacco is a growing and immediate
problem in Canada, particularly in Ontario and Quebec where currently nearly
one out of every three cigarettes purchased is contraband. Nationally, the
number is nearly one in four.
    The Forum will provide an opportunity for those attending to discuss this
pressing issue and help bring public and government awareness to the
wide-spread harm it causes.
    It will feature a keynote address by former RCMP Commissioner and
Interpol President, Norman Inkster who will discuss the criminal, social and
economic aspects of illegal cigarette sales.
    Media are invited to attend Mr. Inkster's speech. He will be available to
answer media questions immediately following his remarks.

    What:     "No to the Illegal Sale of Tobacco Products" National Forum

    When:     Friday, November 2, 2007
              12:00 Noon - Norman Inkster Keynote Address
              1:00 p.m. - Media availability with Mr. Inkster

    Where:    Chateau Laurier Hotel, Drawing Room
              1 Rideau Street,
              Ottawa, Ontario
    Dave Bryans, President, Canadian Convenience Stores Association, host of
the Forum, will also be available for comment on the conference and its goals.
Media interviews will be available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries or for accredited media to
arrange attendance, please contact: Mary Margaret Jones, (416) 367-9949,

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