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September 2016

Tax-free cigarettes adding to Ontario’s contraband problem

From: Toronto Sun | Guest Columnist

— Christine Van Geyn is the Ontario director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation


And then there’s the real kicker, the Ontario government allocates millions of tax-free cigarettes to smoke shacks on reserves for sale to Status Indians. In fact, they allocate so many cigarettes to reserves that it’s likely only 122 million out of 435 million cigarettes allocated to reserves are sold to Status Indians.


Cheap illicit tobacco comes at a cost

From: Herald Scotland

David Ross

One in every five smokers in Scotland know that “illicit” or duty free cigarettes or tobacco are being sold locally, but only one in five of them (20 per cent) will report to the authorities.


But this illegal trade has a cost, with the Treasury losing out on £2.1 billion a year in unpaid duty, quarter of a billion pounds in lost duty in Scotland.

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