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Province Seizes 78,400 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 78,400 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: In April, Ministry of Finance investigators conducted four tobacco enforcement initiatives. The ministry seized 78,400 unmarked cigarettes and fourteen people were charged with offences under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date

Location

Unmarked Cigarettes Seized

April 3, 2019

Baltimore

11,000

April 3, 2019

Baltimore

3,600

April 3, 2019

Port Hope

3,000

April 4, 2019

Loyalist Township

10,400

April 4, 2019

Napanee

10,000

April 10, 2019

Georgian Bay Township

10,600

April 10, 2019

Georgian Bay Township

3,800

April 10, 2019

Gravenhurst

6,800

April 17, 2019

Brighton

14,400

April 17, 2019

Napanee

4,800

Total:  78,400

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.
  • Since June 2018, Ontario recorded 276 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $2.8 million, 28 jail terms, 20 probation terms, and one community service term.
  • The Ministry of Finance offers local law enforcement agencies a grant program to support tobacco investigations within their jurisdiction. Contact TEGP@ontario.ca for more information.

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