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Province Seizes 15,100 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 15,100 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Date of Seizure: January 11, 2019

Location of Seizure:  Toronto, Ontario

Description of Seizure: Ministry of Finance investigators seized 15,100 unmarked cigarettes. One person has been charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Background: As a result of an investigation, the ministry stopped and searched a vehicle and discovered 15,100 unmarked cigarettes. The cigarettes were seized and Tobacco Tax Act charges were laid.

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.
  • From April 2017 to March 2018 Ontario recorded 172 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $2.8 million, 22 jail terms, 12 probation terms and two community service terms.

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