Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CRA Undermines Fight Against Contraband Smokes: Group

Government studies indicate that across the country, two to three cigarettes of every 10 sold are contraband. Photograph by: Marie-France Coallier, Montreal Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

The Canada Revenue Agency is undermining the fight against contraband cigarettes, which sap Canadian treasuries of more than $1.6 billion a year, by handing out licences to manufacturers located on the Akwesasne and Kahnawake reserves, an anti-tobacco organization said Monday.

François Damphousse, director of the Quebec wing of the Non-Smokers' Rights Association, said in an interview that the federal government is "working on the one hand to try and stop the flow of illegal cigarettes and on the other hand Revenue Canada doesn't seem to care what's going on."

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