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Province Seizes 230,000 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 230,000 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Date of Seizure: April 4, 2018

Location of Seizure: Toronto, Ontario

Description of Seizure: The ministry seized 230,000 unmarked cigarettes.

Background: Ministry investigators executed a search warrant on a unit in a Toronto storage facility on April 4, 2018 and discovered 230,000 unmarked cigarettes. The cigarettes were seized and Tobacco Tax Act charges are expected to be laid.

Quick Facts:

  • Cigarettes sold in cartons or packages without Ontario's yellow stamp are illegal, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Cigarettes sold in clear plastic bags are illegal as is engaging in the tobacco business without the required permits.
  • In addition to court-imposed fines for contraventions of the Tobacco Tax Act, convicted individuals and businesses may be required to pay civil penalties.
  • From April 2017 - March 2018 there were 172 Tobacco Tax Act convictions carrying fines of more than $2,831,981, 22 jail terms, 12 probation terms and two community service terms.

Media Contact
Scott Blodgett
Ministry of Finance

Contact Information for the General Public
If you see unstamped tobacco being sold, contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit ontariocrimestoppers.ca.