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Province Seizes 238,400 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 238,400 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: In early May, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in a joint operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local law enforcement. They seized a total of 238,400 unmarked cigarettes and charged several people with offences under the Tobacco Tax Act.


Date

Location

Seized

May 2, 2018

Hamilton

68,400 unmarked cigarettes

May 2, 2018

Brant County

100,000 unmarked cigarettes

May 2, 2018

Burlington

20,000 unmarked cigarettes

May 3, 2018

Hamilton

30,000 unmarked cigarettes

May 3, 2018

Brant County

20,000 unmarked cigarettes

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 to March 2018, there were 172 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $2.8 million, 22 jail terms, 12 probation terms and two community service terms.

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