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Province Seizes 150,265 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 150,265 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

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
Total:   150,265

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.

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