Province Seizes 150,265 Unmarked Cigarettes
Description of Seizures: In mid-March, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in a joint operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local law enforcement. After conducting ten separate seizures, the ministry seized a total of 150,265 unmarked cigarettes and charged sixteen people with offences under the Tobacco Tax Act.
|Date||Location||Unmarked cigarettes seized|
|March 14, 2019||Hamilton||30,685|
|March 14, 2019||Hamilton||10,200|
|March 14, 2019||Hamilton||6,800|
|March 15, 2019||Hamilton||25,400|
|March 15, 2019||Hamilton||22,980|
|March 15, 2019||Hamilton||17,200|
|March 15, 2019||Hamilton||12,600|
|March 15, 2019||Hamilton||4,600|
|March 15, 2019||Hamilton||3,400|
|March 15, 2019||Brantford||16,400|
- 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.