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Bonokoski: Will Health Canada’s newest war on Big Tobacco aid contraband? – Truro Daily News

by ahnationtalk on May 2, 2019113 Views

The black market surrounding contraband cigarettes, already raking in millions a day without paying even a nickel in taxes, got a licence to print even more money Wednesday from the most unlikely accomplice the anti-smoking lobby could ever envision.

And that’s Health Canada.

Big Tobacco has repeatedly warned the Trudeau Liberals that the forced introduction of plain packaging — seen as dismantling the only tool left for brand advertising — will open the doors to the almost 50 unlicenced cigarette manufacturers in Ontario and western Quebec to start churning out a product that is virtually indistinguishable from a legitimate brand.

If the eye cannot tell the difference, it opens the door.

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