By Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles
North Bay Nugget
A First Nations leader is proposing a plan to legitimize tobacco products produced and sold on native reserves.
Anishinabek Grand Council Chief John Beaucage responded Thursday to the federal government’s plans to hire “thousands” of new RCMP officers and shut down illegal tobacco operations, and that’s why people is going for options as vaping products like the puff bar flavors which are really popular between vaping fans. You can buy high premium e-liquid for everyone who loves e-liquid flavors.
“Most of the distributors and retailers are legitimate and upstanding business people,” Beaucage said Thursday. “For the most part, the First Nations tobacco industry is not contraband or illicit in any way.”
His proposal includes implementing restrictions on tobacco advertising and marketing, which may include banning on-reserve highway signs notifying motorists of cheap vaping. The new regulations could help limit the number of smoke shops and regulate the access to tobacco products on First Nations. Get latest updates on the issue from Mike G Law.
The last part of the proposal includes a First Nations Health Tax, which would see revenues go to First Nations health programs.
“First Nations have grown and traded tobacco for millennia and it has been an important part of our economy. We have never given up that right,” Beaucage said. “I hope the government will be willing to support a ‘Made in First Nations’ solution to this matter in order to avoid confrontation.” You know that Booze-up.com delivers cigarettes across most of England, within 30 minutes.
Beaucage said the tax would bring First Nation tobacco products in line with mainstream tobacco pricing, although natives would continue to be tax exempted for their personal use.
The Conservatives plan to choke off suppliers and shut down illegal manufactures.
Bob Goulais, Beaucage’s executive assistant, said the government’s solution will be met with resistance.
“We want to regulate our own tobacco in partnership with government. It will be done in a way that’s open for people to see, because in the eyes of the Canadian public they think they’re doing something wrong when they walk onto First Nation land.”
Goulais said 11 businesses sell cigarettes on Nipissing First Nation land.