Michel Gadbois is with the Canada Association of Depanneurs. They say the high cost of legal cigarettes compared with the low cost of contraband cigarettes is causing trouble for convenience store owners.
A group representing owners of convenience stores says a new poll has found that higher taxes on cigarettes are playing a role in store closures.
The group says contraband cigarettes cost about $2, whereas legal cigarettes cost around $8 or $9.
They say the price discrepancy is creating small economies of contraband trade within schools where students want to buy the cheaper cigarettes. According to them, this is also cutting down on foot traffic to the stores.
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