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Province Seizes 37,600 Cigarettes in Joint Operation

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Province Seizes 37,600 Cigarettes in Joint Operation

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: During the first week of August, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The Ministry seized 37,600 unmarked cigarettes. Six people were charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date Location Unmarked Cigarettes Seized
August 1, 2019 Haldimand County 20,600
August 1, 2019 Hamilton 11,600
August 1, 2019 Hamilton 5,400
Total:  37,600

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 294 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $3 million, 28 jail terms, 21 probation terms and one community service term.
  • The Ministry of Finance offers local law enforcement agencies a grant to support tobacco investigations within their jurisdiction. Contact TEGP@ontario.ca for more information.

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