Province Seizes Cigarette Wrapping Machines In Ajax
On May 31, 2012, Ministry of Finance investigators seized three cigarette wrapping machines, cigarette marking equipment, packaging identifiers and unmarked cigarettes from an Ajax residence and two Oshawa variety stores.
The year-long investigation into this case remains ongoing as the ministry intends to lay charges against the individual for contraventions of the Tobacco Tax Act and pursue prosecution. The individual under investigation is known to the ministry and has been convicted on three separate occasions.
- On June 1, 2011, the Supporting Smoke-Free Ontario by Reducing Contraband Tobacco Act, 2011 became law. The legislation contains new ways to address illegal tobacco.
- In seven of the last nine years, Ontario has strengthened enforcement against illegal tobacco products.
- From April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2012, more than 189 million illegal cigarettes, 1.7 million untaxed cigars and 58.9 million grams of untaxed fine-cut or other tobacco products have been seized by ministry investigators and inspectors. One gram of tobacco roughly equates to one cigarette.
- Since March 2006 penalties assessed against those violating the Tobacco Tax Act total more than $22 million.