Media Invitation - Unveiling of 2010 Butt Study findings and 25-City
Anti-Contraband Tobacco Tour by Convenience Store Owners launches in Ottawa

OTTAWA, May 14 /CNW/ - Every other day an Ontario convenience store closes its doors. That's enough for the members of the Canadian Convenience Store Association to invite media to the launch of a 25-city Ontario tour aimed at pressuring members of the Federal and Provincial governments to intensify the fight against contraband tobacco in their communities.

After seven years of alarming growth, Ontario and Quebec have the highest concentration of illicit tobacco manufacturing operations, the majority of the high-volume smuggling points and the largest number of consumers of contraband tobacco according to the RCMP (2009 Update Report).

At the news conference, unexpected findings from a recent Cigarette Butt Study conducted at federal government properties and local high schools will be unveiled, as well as the CCSA's new campaign to decrease contraband activity.


    WHAT:     Launch of the Ontario leg of the Canadian Convenience Store
              Association's anti-contraband tobacco tour and release of
              regional results from the new 2010 Butt Study.

    WHEN:     Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    WHERE:    Charles Lynch Room, Centreblock, Parliament Hill, Ottawa

    WHO:      Michel Gadbois - Senior Vice-President,
               Canadian Convenience Stores Association and
              Quebec Convenience Stores Association (ACDA-AQDA)
              Chris Wilcox - Vice-President, Quickie Convenience Stores
              Convenience store owners from the Ottawa area

              Participants will be available for interviews following

SOURCE Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA)

For further information: For further information: Dianna Eakins, Media Contact, Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA), Cell: (905) 630-4208, Email:

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