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Province Seizes Cigarettes, Cigars and Waterpipe Tobacco in Joint Operation

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Province Seizes Cigarettes, Cigars and Waterpipe Tobacco in Joint Operation

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: In early October, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The ministry seized 424,155 unmarked cigarettes, 480 untaxed cigars and 10.25 kilograms of untaxed waterpipe tobacco. Thirteen people were charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date

Location

Seized

October 2, 2019

Hamilton

11,500 unmarked cigarettes

October 2, 2019

Haldimand County

4,600 unmarked cigarettes

October 2, 2019

Hamilton

89,880 unmarked cigarettes and 480 cigars

October 4, 2019

Hamilton

57,400 unmarked cigarettes and 10.25 kg waterpipe tobacco

October 4, 2019

Hamilton

9,000 unmarked cigarettes

October 4, 2019

Hamilton

195,200 unmarked cigarettes

October 4, 2019

Brantford

16,000 unmarked cigarettes

October 4, 2019

Hamilton

40,575 unmarked cigarettes

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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