Saskatchewan city imposes fee on businesses selling tobacco products

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. – The city of Lloydminster is Saskatchewan’s first community to impose an annual fee on businesses which choose to sell tobacco.

Businesses will have to pay $750 a year to sell tobacco products, and another $350 if they sell flavoured tobacco.

Donna Pasiechnik with the Canadian Cancer Society says the new licence will help identify just which businesses are actually selling tobacco.

Currently, pharmacies are not allowed to sell but any other retailer can.

She believes the licence might force some retailers to think twice about selling tobacco.