Illegal tobacco can get into the hands of minors or contribute to increased criminal activities.
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Illegal tobacco seized in BC
Published 12:09 PDT, Mon August 10, 2020
More than five million illegal cigarettes were taken off the street last year in BC, saving the province $1.4 million in potential taxation revenue loss.
The illegal tobacco was seized during undercover investigations conducted with local law enforcement agencies. The finance ministry’s Consumer Taxation Audit Branch also regularly inspects retail outlets to ensure retailers are not selling contraband products.
The province strictly regulates the sale, purchase, possession and transportation of tobacco. Contraband tobacco includes products that are not properly stamped or marked, or legal products that are purchased and sold illegally.
Contraband tobacco can get into the hands of people under the age of 19 and can contribute to increased criminal activities, such as organized crime and drug and gun trafficking. A loss of tax revenue due to illegal tobacco means reduced funding for government programs.
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