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Province Seizes 165,850 Cigarettes in Joint Operation

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Province Seizes 165,850 Cigarettes in Joint Operation

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: In late October, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The ministry seized 165,850 unmarked cigarettes. Ten people were charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.

DateLocationUnmarked Cigarettes Seized

October 29, 2019

Brantford

18,050

October 29, 2019

Hamilton

74,200

October 29, 2019

Hamilton

30,000

October 29, 2019

Hamilton

18,800

October 29, 2019

Hamilton

8,200

October 30, 2019

Hamilton

10,000

October 30, 2019

Hamilton

6,600

Total:  

165,850

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 391 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $3.4 million, 45 jail terms, 26 probation terms, and two community service terms.
  • 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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