There is a dark corner in our cities that we all may be naive of. Today, I plan on lighting up that dark corner so you can know the truth about those cheap cigarettes that are bought.
I’ve heard about cheap cigarettes people are buying. I thought nothing about it besides “yuck what are they rolling up in those cigarettes that make them so cheap?”
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I can’t tell you what’s rolled up in those cheap cigarettes people are smoking. But I can tell you what their hard earn money is supporting with each puff they take.
Funding Criminal Activity
You’d be surprised to know in Canada, the production and sale of contraband cigarettes are on the rise. There are over 50 illegal factories across Ontario and Quebec, capable of producing up to 10,000 cigarettes every minute.
Yes, 10,000 illegal cigarettes are produced every minute!
These contraband cigarettes are distributed by organized crime groups across our country. Most noteworthy, Ontario has the second highest rate of illegal tobacco sales in the Americas after Panama.
Our beautiful Ontario? I am in denial. I had no clue it had these dark secrets.
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What makes my stomach turn is knowing profits from illegal tobacco fund gun and drug trafficking in both rural and urban areas. These crimes happen right here in our own backyards.
We both are reading the stories in our local newspaper, hearing them on our local radio channel, and chances are along with me you are shaking your head in disbelief.
How can these crimes be happening in the same city we call home?
If you are saving money on contraband cigarettes, know you are supporting organized crime groups in your city.
Watch to learn more:
The highly profitable sale of illegal cigarettes funds criminal activities in your city. Illegal activities, including drug and gun trafficking. Which benefits approximately 175 organized crime groups and gangs in Canada (nearly half of which are based in central Canada).
- The estimated cost of a bag of 200 illegal cigarettes in Ontario is $15.
- They estimate that 15 million cartons of illegal cigarettes are consumed in Ontario.
- For an estimated total gross profit from illegal tobacco, totaling $75 million dollars annually.
That means $75 million dollars is pumped into organized crime yearly.
If you are not surprised enough here is another stat that blows my mind. Approximately 1 in 3 cigarettes purchased in Ontario are illegal. Compared to 1 in 10 in Canada’s other provinces.
Yes, you read that right 1 in 3 cigarettes purchased and smoked in Ontario are illegal!
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Although this post is sponsored. opinions are my own.