What about illegal smokes?

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

This week, the Province of Ontario became the latest jurisdiction to file a lawsuit against big tobacco companies. The suit seeks $50 billion from a dozen of Canada’s largest tobacco manufacturers. The government, in filing the suit, says it’s intention is to recover “smoking-related” health costs.

While we applaud any effort to address the dangers of smoking, we are left to wonder if the government will also seek damages from legal and illegal cigarette manufacturers on First Nation’s reserves.

Lost tax revenue from the sale of illegal cigarettes is estimated at more than $500 million annually.

The government regulates and collects billions of dollars in tax revenue from legal cigarette manufacturers. It’s not a stretch to see the government’s actions as somewhat hypocritical. Alcohol also poses health risks, and is regulated by the government. Does the province intend to sue Labatt and Molson as well? The proliferation of illegal cigarettes is one of the biggest threats to health in this province, yet the McGuinty government has done little to tackle the problem.

What about illegal smokes?

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

This week, the Province of Ontario became the latest jurisdiction to file a lawsuit against big tobacco companies. The suit seeks $50 billion from a dozen of Canada’s largest tobacco manufacturers. The government, in filing the suit, says it’s intention is to recover “smoking-related” health costs.

While we applaud any effort to address the dangers of smoking, we are left to wonder if the government will also seek damages from legal and illegal cigarette manufacturers on First Nation’s reserves.

Lost tax revenue from the sale of illegal cigarettes is estimated at more than $500 million annually.

The government regulates and collects billions of dollars in tax revenue from legal cigarette manufacturers. It’s not a stretch to see the government’s actions as somewhat hypocritical. Alcohol also poses health risks, and is regulated by the government. Does the province intend to sue Labatt and Molson as well? The proliferation of illegal cigarettes is one of the biggest threats to health in this province, yet the McGuinty government has done little to tackle the problem.

What about illegal smokes?

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

This week, the Province of Ontario became the latest jurisdiction to file a lawsuit against big tobacco companies. The suit seeks $50 billion from a dozen of Canada’s largest tobacco manufacturers. The government, in filing the suit, says it’s intention is to recover “smoking-related” health costs.

While we applaud any effort to address the dangers of smoking, we are left to wonder if the government will also seek damages from legal and illegal cigarette manufacturers on First Nation’s reserves.

Lost tax revenue from the sale of illegal cigarettes is estimated at more than $500 million annually.

The government regulates and collects billions of dollars in tax revenue from legal cigarette manufacturers. It’s not a stretch to see the government’s actions as somewhat hypocritical. Alcohol also poses health risks, and is regulated by the government. Does the province intend to sue Labatt and Molson as well? The proliferation of illegal cigarettes is one of the biggest threats to health in this province, yet the McGuinty government has done little to tackle the problem.