OTTAWA, April 19, 2013 /CNW/ -
|Who:||Jacqueline Bradley, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT)|
|Gary Grant, National Spokesperson for the NCACT|
|What:||Grant and Bradley will highlight results of a NCACT outreach initiative that took place over the last two weeks in cities across the province. NCACT representatives were in Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Mississauga, Ottawa and Toronto to gauge public awareness of Ontario's illegal cigarette problems.|
|Why:||There are more illegal cigarettes in Ontario than anywhere else in the country. Contraband tobacco funds 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. Respondents were invited to send a post card to Premier Wynne asking for more government action against this problem.|
|When:||Monday, April 22nd at 9:30 AM.|
|Where:||Queen's Park Media Studio, Toronto.|
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.
SOURCE: National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco
For further information:
To arrange interviews with Mr. Grant or Mrs. Bradley, please contact:
Michael Powell, NCACT Public Affairs
Telephone: 613-797-7313 (cell); 1-866-566-5961 (office)