BUY ILLEGAL TOBACCO AND
EXPECT HEAVY FINES
The law is clear. It is illegal for anyone to purchase, possess or sell any quantity of cigarettes or packages of fine cut tobacco not marked with the YELLOW Ontario-adapted federal stamp.1
The government has also introduced legislation that amended the Tobacco Tax Act to increase fines for offences related to illegal tobacco products.
Without proper authorization under the Tobacco Tax Act, it is against the law to have any packages of cigarettes or fine cut tobacco that do not have a legal YELLOW Ontario adapted federal stamp.1
Consequences include civil penalties, and, if charged and convicted of an offence, possible fines, jail time or both. These are the facts.
PAY THE PRICE
Serious situations demand serious action, which is why the consequences of having any packages of cigarettes or fine cut tobacco without the proper tobacco stamp include civil penalties, and, if charged and convicted of an offence, possible fines, jail time or both. If you are in possession of illegal cigarettes you may be fined three times the tax on the illegal cigarettes you possess. See below the consequences of possessing illegal tobacco products.
Possessing illegal tobacco will cost you:
1 PACK = fine of $108
1 CARTON OR BAGGIE = fine of $184
5 CARTONS OR BAGGIES = fine of $669
50 CARTONS OR BAGGIES = fine of $4,693
LEARN THE DIFFERENCE!
EASY WAYS TO RECOGNIZE ILLEGAL TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
1. Legal tobacco in Ontario is identified by a yellow tax stamp.
If you don’t see this yellow stamp, you are breaking the law.1
• Yellow background
• ON letters in white
• Peach background
• CAN letters in white
2. Cartons sold for less than $60 are likely illegal.
3. Packs sold for less than 6$ are likely illegal.
IF YOUR PRODUCT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE INFORMATION ABOVE,IT’S ILLEGAL.1
ADDRESSING ILLEGAL TOBACCO.
Combating illegal tobacco is one of the Government of Ontario’s priorities. These activities result in a loss of revenue that would otherwise support important programs for Ontarians, and they create unfair competition for legal businesses that comply with Ontario laws, such as your local convenience store.
Don’t be fooled by illegal tobacco products. Get informed, not fined.
If you see illegal tobacco products or people selling illegal tobacco products, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information, call 905-845-9152.
You remain anonymous,
1 Except for packages of cigarettes and packages of fine cut tobacco for sale to First Nations under Ontario’s First Nation Cigarette Allocation System and diplomats. Source: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/taxt/tt/
2 Unless otherwise permitted in the limited exceptions under the Tobacco Tax Act. Source: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/taxt/tt/