Contraband tobacco continues to be a health, safety, and financial issue in Ontario. The availability of contraband tobacco undermines the government's efforts in reducing smoking rates and the profits generated from contraband tobacco may fuel criminal activity.

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Global News

Latest Contraband Cigarettes News


St. Paul RCMP execute two search warrants for contraband tobacco


Vancouver delivery driver found guilty for role in cigarette smuggling ring


Over $9,000 in taxable cigarettes seized in Cambellton, N.B.


Illegal cigarette trade subject of BC Crimestoppers training conference


Opinion: Contraband tobacco is Canada’s billion dollar problem


Investigators seize over half a million dollars in contraband cigarettes and cash


Organized crime cashes in on illegal smokes


Edmonton Police recover large quantity of contraband cigarettes and make arrests


Okanagan Crime Stoppers conference discusses connection of illegal tobacco to organized crime


Alberta's independent retailers want a plan to address contraband tobacco from all parties ahead of campaign season


BONOKOSKI: Getting tough on the contraband tobacco market


Contraband tobacco probe links N.S. man to seizure of more than 1 million cigarettes

Montreal Gazette

Trois-Rivières man found guilty of selling contraband tobacco, fined $1.1 million

CBC News

Contraband tobacco taking over up to half of B.C. market, retailers and industry fear

Canada Police Report

Edmonton Police seize cargo of illegal cigarettes valued at more than $207,000

CBC News

2 men charged after officers seize 5.4 million unstamped cigarettes in Sask.: RCMP

CBC News

6 people, 3 Winnipeg stores face charges after millions of cigarettes seized in smuggling investigation

CityNews Ottawa

Ottawa by-law officers have seized over $61K worth of contraband tobacco, vape products since April of 2022

Radio NL

Imperial Tobacco suggests organized crime fueling illegal cigarette sales in B.C.

CTV News Atlantic

RCMP find 120K contraband cigarettes during N.B. traffic stop

Simcoe Reformer

$138,000 in contraband tobacco seized in Brant County


Convenience Store Operators Uniting to Fight Contraband Tobacco Problem Across Canada

Canada Police Report

RCMP FSOC contraband tobacco investigation leads to seizure of 7500 cartons and charges against two men; “street value of the tobacco seized in the range of $412,000.00 to $450,000.00”

Global News

BC Crime Stoppers to crack down on the sale of illegal cigarettes

Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa man facing charges after OPP seize contraband cigarettes and shisha

CTV News Winnipeg

Manitoba seizes more than 500K illegal cigarettes

CTV News Edmonton

Drugs, 75K contraband cigarettes and $60K in cash seized in northern Alberta bust

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Thompson Rural RCMP seize 10,000 illegal cigarettes at airport

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society commends world-first requirement for health warnings on every cigarette

Hamilton Police Service

Project Smoke

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: A top cop now fights contraband tobacco and its mobsters

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Two men charged with possession of contraband tobacco following investigation by the Cornwall Regional Task Force

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Prince District JFO seizes more than 17-thousand contraband cigarettes

Global News

More than $250,000 in illegal cigarettes seized from Winnipeg retailers


Red Deer man charged in major contraband bust going to trial

SaltWire Network

RCMP charge Yarmouth woman with selling illegal cigarettes

National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT)

Former Deputy OPP Commissioner Becomes NCACT Executive Director

Cloverdale Reporter

Burnaby RCMP seize $100K worth of contraband cigarettes in Surrey


Illegal cigarette operation in Regina goes up in smoke

CTV News Vancouver

Shotgun, motorcycle and $100K worth of cigarettes seized in Burnaby RCMP investigation

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Lac La Biche RCMP execute search warrant related to contraband tobacco investigation

Oakville News (by Ontario Provincial Police)

Search of Oakville home was part of $100,000 contraband tobacco bust

CBC News

Higher N.L. taxes driving contraband cigarette market, says convenience stores association

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: Old tobacco smuggling routes now shuffling human cargo

Toronto Star

Toronto shooting victim was charged in organized crime-linked contraband cigarette bust

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: More government funding needed, just follow the smoke

CTV News Winnipeg

Manitoba seizes 500K contraband cigarettes from Winnipeg home

Global News

1.35M illegal cigarettes seized in central Alberta: RCMP

The Canadian Vaping Association via Globe Newswire

The Canadian Vaping Association: Growing contraband tobacco market raises concerns about Canada’s proposed vape flavour ban

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit seizes 1.56 million contraband cigarettes

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: Man surprised by $864,000 in fines for peddling illegal smokes

The Brandon Sun

$110K fine for unmarked cigarettes

CTV News Winnipeg

Manitoba seizes nearly 10K contraband cigarettes after inspecting 15 Winnipeg stores

CBC News

AGLC seizes $4.5M worth of contraband tobacco in Calgary

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: One man rips off Canadian taxpayers for a half-billion

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: Budget watchdog points to losses due to illicit smokes

CBC News

5 men from western Manitoba arrested in connection to contraband cigarette scheme: Brandon police

CBC News

Almost 20K cigarettes seized in search, say police

Global News

RCMP seize $15K in contraband cigarettes after pulling van over for excessive speeding in Revelstoke

Simcoe Reformer

Judge: Man 'left holding the bag' in contraband cigarette scheme

The Kingston Whig Standard

$15,900 worth of contraband tobacco found near Collins Bay Institution

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: Time for RCMP to battle cigarette criminals on First Nation reserves

Welland Tribune

OPP charge Winnipeg parolee after seizing contraband cigarettes in Midland


Contraband tobacco and prohibited weapons seized by Cornwall RCMP


COVID-19 Shutdown of Illegal Tobacco Manufacturing and Sale Leads to Spike in Legal Cigarette Sales

CTV News Winnipeg

Police seize 3.3 million contraband cigarettes from Winnipeg man


Up to half the cigarettes sold in the Thunder Bay area are contraband

The Guardian

P.E.I. man caught with contraband cigarettes fined more than $70,000


Project Butane: charges laid against the leaders and truckers of a criminal contraband tobacco network for fraud estimated at more than $450 million

ChrisD Winnipeg News

Brandon Police Seize 560,000 Contraband Cigarettes

The Brantford Expositor

BONOKOSKI: Major chip falls in summer’s big contraband tobacco bust


Ontario Government Losing $2M Daily to Black Market Tobacco - It's Time to Stop the Losses

Global News

Over 5 million illegal cigarettes seized in B.C. in 2019-20

CTV News

N.B. man arrested after police seize more than 90,000 illegal cigarettes

CBC News

More arrests made in connection with illegal tobacco operation in Six Nations: police

CBC News

Millions of contraband cigarettes seized from facility linked to GTA organized crime

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: Cops’ two-year contraband tobacco probe scores big-time

CBC News

Toronto man charged by Dryden OPP over unmarked cigarettes

Sudbury News

Youth charged for possession of around 1,500 contraband cigarettes

Soo Today

Police respond to Highway 17 car crash, seize $195K worth of suspected contraband cigarettes

CTV News

Man facing $3M penalty after Manitoba RCMP uncover millions of illegal cigarettes

Journal Pioneer

Police seize 50,000 contraband cigarettes in Kensington, P.E.I.

Net News Ledger

Thunder Bay Police – Project Trapper – Drug Investigation Leads to 46 Arrests


$165,000 in Contraband Tobacco Seized, Three Men Charged

Steinbach Online

Over One Million Contraband Cigarettes Seized Near Falcon Lake

CTV News

Calgary police seize $500K in drugs and cash, along with firearms

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: Contraband cigarettes fund terrorism, organized crime

Muskoka Region

'1 in 3 cigarettes illegal' and contraband tobacco problem growing: Muskoka Crime Stoppers

Sault Online

Contraband Tobacco is a Growing Problem

Toronto Sun

BONOKOSKI: Feds must ‘follow the money’ to combat organized crime

CTV News

Prison sentences, $2.1 million in fines for contraband tobacco traffickers

Toronto Sun News

BONOKOSKI: Dark side of contraband tobacco is a danger-filled docudrama

CTV News

Seizure of more than 1M cigarettes in Manitoba leads to charges


Contraband tobacco and vehicle seizure in Cornwall: CRTF

Toronto Sun News

BONOKOSKI: Ontario changes ‘contraband’ to less contentious term

Toronto Sun News

BONOKOSKI: Plain-pack cigarettes will be another boon to contraband traders

CBC News

Police seize more than 310,000 contraband cigarettes, charge 52 people at Manitoba-Ontario border

CBC News

Plummeting tobacco sales sign of black market growth, says coalition

CTV News

B.C. seized 1.6 million cigarettes’ worth of contraband tobacco over 3 months

Timmins Today News

Police seize $23,000 worth of contraband tobacco at traffic stop

Toronto Sun News

BONOKOSKI: Will Health Canada’s newest war on Big Tobacco aid contraband?

CTV News

Health Canada sets plain-packaging rules for tobacco, to take effect in November

CBC News

Prohibited driver caught with 2K unmarked cigarettes in Aberfoyle: OPP

CTV News

Organized crime behind contraband tobacco costs governments billions

CBC News

Contraband cigarettes linked to a 'staggering' number of fires