Last year I shared a blog post about smoking and the challenges the illegal tobacco trade has had on our country. I shared my own personal experience as a former smoker but more importantly, I shared information about illegal tobacco and the ties it has to organized crime. I stated that illegal tobacco puts guns in the hands of criminals in Canada. Now I’m back with an update on the program and to reinforce this important message. First, take a look at this video.
Our high school students are unknowingly contributing to the problem, since 43% of the cigarettes they smoke are purchased illegally. We can make a change by focusing our efforts on kids and teenagers.
Here’s what we can do. Learn more about the facts linking organized crime to the sale of illegal tobacco. StopIllegalTobacco.ca, a NCACT website, is a great place to start. You can also join the discussion on Twitter by using the hashtag #StopIllegalTobacco.
When we know better, we do better… and I believe that is true for kids as well. If they understand the true outcome of their actions, maybe they will think twice about funding organized crime in Canada.