Province Seizes 238,651 Unmarked Cigarettes
Date of Seizure: February 25, 2019
Location of Seizure: Toronto, Ontario
Description of Seizure: Ministry of Finance investigators seized 238,651 unmarked cigarettes. Two people have been charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.
Background: As a result of an investigation, the ministry executed search warrants on a business and a residence, and discovered 238,651 unmarked cigarettes. The cigarettes were seized and Tobacco Tax Act charges were laid.
- 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.
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.