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Province Seizes 71,775 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 71,775 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: On April 12, 2019, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in a one-day joint operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The ministry seized 71,775 unmarked cigarettes and charged thirteen people with offences under the Tobacco Tax Act in six separate seizures.

Date

Location

Unmarked Cigarettes Seized

April 12, 2019

Brantford

  7,107

April 12, 2019

Cayuga

22,400

April 12, 2019

Hamilton

17,200

April 12, 2019

Hamilton

10,775

April 12, 2019

Hamilton

  8,493

April 12, 2019

Hamilton

  5,800

Total:  71,775

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 276 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $2.8 million, 28 jail terms, 20 probation terms, and one community service term.
  • 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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