Province Seizes Over 2.8 Million Unmarked Cigarettes
Description of Seizures: On November 8, 2019, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The ministry seized 2,853,400 unmarked cigarettes and eight people were charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.
|Date||Location||Unmarked Cigarettes Seized|
|November 8, 2019||Hamilton||2,600|
|November 8, 2019||Burlington||20,800|
|November 8, 2019||Hamilton||100,000|
|November 8, 2019||Hamilton||2,730,000|
- 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 428 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $3.6 million, 47 jail terms, 27 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.