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Province Seizes 184,600 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 184,600 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: In early September, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The ministry seized 184,600 unmarked cigarettes. Eleven people were charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date

Location

Unmarked Cigarettes Seized

September 4, 2019

Hamilton

23,000

September 4, 2019

Hamilton

10,600

September 4, 2019

Kitchener

17,600

September 6, 2019

Cayuga

11,200

September 6, 2019

Brantford

30,400

September 6, 2019

Hamilton

51,800

September 6, 2019

Hamilton

40,000

Total:  184,600

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 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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