Contraband Cigarettes in Quebec and Ontario

A report by Phillip Morris International stated that sales of contraband cigarettes sold on the black market consists of 14.7 percent of all cigarettes sold in the Canadian Province of Quebec. In Ontario, the illegal cigarettes make up 27.2 percent of all tobacco sold.

Within the two provinces, authorities believe that there are up to 55 illicit cigarette factories that produce packs of cigarettes that are sold on Canada’s black market.

Source:  Tom Blackwell, “‘Surplus’ tobacco flooding the Canadian black market: RCMP,” National Post, November 4, 2012.