Cornwall ON – The Tobacco Wars are heating up as Giant Phillip Morris enters the fray. The Owner of brands such as Marlboro is funding advertisements against Native Cigarettes which already are under fire as they are smuggled into Canada as well as areas in the US and impacting the model of high taxation to pay for the medical costs of the victims of smoking.
At first glance, the ad’s Web site – collectthetaxny.com – may give the impression that the “we” referred to is a citizens’ group, but the “paid for by” attribution and site reveal that Collect the Tax New York is supported by Altria Client Services, Philip Morris’ parent company, and the New York Association of Convenience Stores – the arch enemies of Indian country cigarette retailers with whom the convenience stores compete.
Native-manufactured cigarettes have a cost advantage over Philip Morris products. Currently, Marlboros cost $65 a carton while Native-manufactured Niagara brand cigarettes cost $32 a carton.
While in Akwesasne recently the price of a bag of Native Cigarettes was $17 and the street price here in Cornwall Ontario is now about $20 from a low of $6 prior to the Seaway International Bridge Crisis.
Akwesasne is one of the biggest producers of legal and illegal native cigarettes which are transported all over the US and Canada.
We are going to be doing a four part series on the cigarette industry and its impact locally here in Cornwall Ontario and outside of our region.
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