Contraband Tobacco is a Growing Problem

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The Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers is announcing the launch of an awareness website about the growing problem of contraband tobacco. In Ontario one (1) in three cigarettes are illegal.

The presence of contraband tobacco in Ontario:

  • undermines government efforts to reduce smoking rates
  • profits from contraband tobacco are known to have a direct link to criminal activity, such as trafficking of drugs, purchasing illegal weapons and funding other illicit activities.
  • results in a loss of government tax revenue estimated at about $800 million a year

Information about contraband tobacco can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers is a partnership of the public, police and media, which provides the community with a proactive Program to anonymously assist in solving crime and contributing to an improved quality of life.

Information about crime and criminal activity is best reported to the police. Sometimes people are afraid to go to the police because they fear reprisal, have concern for their own safety, may be close to the criminal act but not involved. However, people still want to do the right thing. Crime Stoppers can be your voice. Your tip is anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Your anonymity is protected by Supreme Court of Canada case law.

39 COMMENTS

  1. LMFAO it’s because the government can’t have his fingers in everything ….stop with the bullshit already, smokers pay 85% taxes on a pack of smokes, imagine if they all quit, you’d be screwed…because then food and gas, along with home taxes would have to cover for the tobacco taxes. be happy there are still smokers out there

  2. I want to know why non native people get a fine for being in possession of “contraband tobacco”but these “Smoke shops” that are only legal to operate on native reservations don’t get a fine for selling to non native people ?

  3. The government’s ongoing and ever increasing greed is the obvious issue when you are talking cigarettes, or marijuana, and other things. Why would anyone pay $15.00 to $18.00 for a pack of cigarettes when they can get them for as little as $3.00 – $5.00?
    The black market will do nothing but thrive as long as this greed exists.
    If people could make gasoline and alcohol in sufficient quantities the public would not buy these either at the outrageous government prices.
    They still don’t seem to get it as they just keep jacking the prices on everything, frequently.

  4. Everyone knows where the contraband cigarettes come from and how they get here.
    We also all know how much our Liberal government loves taxing us and then cutting the services we’re taxed for.

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