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The tobacco ban is a double whammy for store owners who are already losing a quarter of their cigarette sales to smuggled smokes, Bryans said. Instead of chasing down errant store owners who are covering up their power walls with a towel, Bryans said the province should channel that energy into stopping illegal cigarette smuggling. "Convenience stores won't go out of business because they've covered the tobacco walls," Bryans said. "They'll go out of business because our regular customers are getting product 10 times cheaper than we can sell it to them so they're not buying gum, chips, pop or lottery tickets."
"I've spoken to over 2,000 convenience store retailers over the past two years and many have all but given up hope the Ontario government will fix the problem," said Angie Kim, Retailer Liaison for the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "For these stores, the contraband issue is not about profits, it's about the ability of these families to pay the mortgage and save enough to send their kids to university." Illegal cigarettes remain a huge problem in Ontario with smugglers earning millions in profits which they often use to finance other, more serious criminal activities. Contraband smugglers freely sell these cigarettes for pocket-change, often to kids, without respecting any of the other laws and regulations under which legal retailers operate. Convenience store retailers have been outspoken on the issue of contraband tobacco since 2005. Over the past several years, over 1,000 convenience stores have gone out of business, in large part due to the effects of the illegal contraband market on these law-abiding retailers.
Originally posted by Petriclivicus
reply to post by dimburg
Of Course ! !. .. . It is ALL Bad for you.
BUT,. .. That is the Beauty of this Country.
THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE
If you want to smoke, .. That is O.K. With Me
If you DONT want to smoke, .. That is O.K. With Me Too.. .. Just don't interfere with my decision.
Originally posted by Cabin
Although I am quite a heavy smoker, on and off, but currently on around a pack of red ones a day, I support such idea.
Cigarettes is a product that has no practical value to the society, there are no psitive effects to smoking, only negative.. When I started smoking I was young and stupid. Although quitting is not easy. Have tried to quit for quite some time already although always went back after couple of months.
The government here is planning on losing all the cigarette and alcohol commercials, moving the cigarettes behind the cound and putting some disgusting pictures on the packs- pretty strong punch on the cigarette companies here. Who cares whether it is money or not, some things are not simply right. The promotion of cigarettes and ads on every corner and I am sure they influence lots of us, especially younger ones, who often tend to be more "gullible" and do not have much life experience.
Most smokers I know started at around same age as I do 15-16 and have yet to quit.
Although I am smoker, this is habit something I suggest to no one. Really one of the most pointless habits: takes money, ruins health and really nasty to get rid of. The guy is not suggesting losing the cigarettes, simply hiding them. Who wants gets them anyways, although less people would start smoking and that is positive effect.
I hope sooner or later the cigarette industry dies. Every year the amount of smokers decreases and the overall campaign against it is working well. Every time when the tax is raised on cigarettes, I am honestly happy about it. At least some people quit because of it
Hopefully gonna quit it too sooner or later and this time for real
Originally posted by DanZek
reply to post by Petriclivicus
Cigarettes are poison. They have no nutritional value, they cause cancer in those who smoke them, and in those around those who smoke them. They cause thousands to die every year.
Even a sugary drink contains water and sugar, something the body can actually use for life. Not the case with cancer sticks.
I don’t normally support this man, but in this case I don’t think he goes far enough.
Cigarettes should be banned outright. Their manufacture, and sale, should be shut down permanently. The financial cost of this would be minimal to the savings in health, and improving quality of life.
Smoking cigarettes is the very definition of STUPID.
"Conclusions: Overall there is a high degree of believed knowledge regarding NRT-products and Snus that is not consistent with scientific evidence and it is most strongly influenced by the misbelief that nicotine plays a large part in the harmfulness from smoking. It is therefore needed to expand public, non-commercial information on smoking and health to include comprehensive data regarding the part nicotine plays in the harmfulness of smoking as well as objective and unambiguous data on the harmfulness of different nicotine-containing products compared to smoking. This is essential in order to preclude that misperceptions regarding these matters could discourage smokers from adopting effective cessation practices with use of nicotine-containing aids."
Snus is the least harmful of the smokeless tobacco products because of how it is produced and stored, and “everyone who has studied this agrees there is a 95%–99% reduction in the health risk of snus, compared to use of cigarettes,” said Kenneth Warner, Ph.D., dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Contradictory studies have also debated the precise health effects of snus. But a 2008 literature review commissioned by the European Union study found that use of smokeless tobacco almost eliminated respiratory disease and substantially cuts the hazard of other health effects, such as cardiovascular disease and oral and gastrointestinal cancers."
Chief Butch Parker of the North Bay Fire District responded to the call. "I have never heard of or seen anything like this before," Parker told ABC News. Although the battery was unrecognizable after the incident, Parker reported finding several 3.0 volt CR123A type batteries charging in the room along with a scorched battery case that appeared to be one for a cigar-sized device.
Although the investigation is still not concluded, the battery type and "cigar" appearance of the device indicate Holloway may have been using a custom made "mod" or modified e-cigarette using stacked batteries similar to a flashlight, said Recio. These devices are unlike more popular e-cigs, which have built in digital monitoring and protections, he said."