Illegal tobacco problem has decreased, Nova Scotia government says
Nova Scotia convenience store owners want the provincial government to bring in tougher legislation to crack down on illegal tobacco sales.
Mike Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association, says the government is losing millions of dollars in potential tax revenue because people are buying contraband tobacco.
Illegal tobacco sales are also hurting convenience store owners' bottom line, he said.
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"It causes a legitimate customer that's buying a legal product [to] leave and go to organized crime and buy an illegal product. So we would be losing a customer "