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Ontario Safety League launches campaign against 'paraphernalia'

August 20, 2013
A Canadian public safety group has launched a campaign pushing to remove, what they consider to be, drug paraphernalia from convenience stores.

The Ontario Safety League says the sale of tobacco pipes and water pipes, or bongs, at convenience stores makes it easy for children to buy the smoking accessories.

 “For local stores to sell drug paraphernalia is irresponsible,” said Brian Patterson with the OSL. “All of these were displayed often next to gum and candy. The stores selling these pipes and bongs are sending our kids a message that drug use is acceptable.”

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The CTV News story reports that Canadian law is unclear regarding the sale of these items at corner stores and that local police have received complaints from residents about this practice.

The Ontario Convenience Store Association supports the OSL campaign.

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