Oshawa council is getting a pat on the back from local convenience stores. Councillors passed a motion to write a letter to Queen’s Park, encouraging the province to crack down on contraband cigarettes. CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, Dave Bryans, says the percentage of illegal cigarettes in Oshawa is much higher than the provincial average. He attributes that in part, to the amount of factories and their large number of employees. Bryans says typically local stores depend on tobacco for between 45 and 65 per cent of their daily sales.