National Citizens Coalition puts weight behind fight against illegal cigarettes

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco
(NCACT) welcomed another new member to its ranks today with the agreement of
the National Citizens Coalition to join the fight against the spread of
illegal cigarettes in Canada.
    "The National Citizens Coalition has been fighting for smart government
policies on behalf of Canadians for over 40 years and the problem we're seeing
with contraband tobacco is one of the biggest threats we've ever seen. Its
quiet, rapid growth, the ties to organized crime and the theft of billions in
tax dollars make it a very serious problem no one is talking about," said
Peter Coleman, President and CEO of the National Citizens Coalition.
"Governments across the country need to work cooperatively to stamp out this
problem and we're pleased to be throwing the weight of our organization and
membership behind the efforts of the NCACT."
    Since launching last year, NCACT has become a prominent voice and a key
part of the fight against contraband tobacco in Canada.
    In addition to work on growing the NCACT, the Coalition is also very
active in talking about the dangers of contraband in communities throughout
Ontario and Quebec. Through a coordinated effort of meetings with government
officials and public education, the NCACT is raising awareness of the dire
problem of contraband tobacco in Canada and pushing for government to take
decisive action to deal with this crisis.
    "There's no easy solution to this problem. Contraband tobacco is a
complex issue and choking off the supply means we not only need government and
law enforcement action, but also the participation of all Canadians," added
Dave Bryans of NCACT. "The National Citizens Coalition with its long history
of public advocacy and their relationship with Prime Minister Harper, make
them an ideal partner to educate people and help our growing coalition in this

    About the National Citizens Coalition

    The National Citizens Coalition is Canada's largest organization that
stands for the defence and promotion of free enterprise, free speech and
government that is accountable to taxpayers. Founded in 1967, the NCC
continues to fight for more freedom through less government. For more
information about the NCC visit us on line at

    About NCACT

    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, National Convenience Stores Distributors
Association (NACDA), Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Tobacco
Manufacturers Council, Duty Free Association, 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, The Customs & Immigration Union (CIU), and now the National Citizens
    More information about NCACT can be found at

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