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Posts from — January 2012

Advocates use special session to get in lawmakers’ ears

January 11, 2012

“For right now, the purpose of this launch is to let the public know that we’re out there again with this proposal,” DeMarco said. “Really, the purpose here is to demonstrate how well tobacco taxes have worked.”... Read more »

MD Health Group Pushes for Tobacco Tax Increase

If one public health group has its way, the next time you light up in Maryland it could cost you an extra buck.... Read more »

Coalition to push for $1 a pack increase

The group is headed by Vincent DeMarco, includes AARP Maryland, MedChi and the NAACP among others. They plan lobby lawmakers next session to increase Maryland's rate to $3 a pack. ... Read more »

Another hike In MD tobacco tax likely

While some may oppose a tax increase simply on principle, it’s hard to argue against something that encourages people to stop smoking.... Read more »

Campaign starts for another $1-a-pack tax hike on cigarettes

The folks who campaigned for the new 9% alcohol sales tax and the $2-a-pack cigarette tax are pushing for an additional $1-a-pack tax on cigarettes to help fund health care.... Read more »

Push on to raise Maryland cigarette tax to $3 a pack

In addition to raising the price of cigarettes, Mr. DeMarco said, his group’s proposal also would increase the current 15-percent excise tax on other tobacco products (OTP). The 15-percent rate was instituted in 1999 and has since gone unchanged — a development that he argues has allowed underage smokers to pursue cigars and smokeless tobacco as cheaper alternatives to cigarettes.... Read more »

One Maryland group wants to add another dollar to the state cigarette tax

The present tobacco tax goes into the general fund, but Demarco will propose this new tax to be used to expand health care.... Read more »

A new tobacco tax?

The same organization which successfully pushed for a 50 percent hike in the state’s sales tax on alcohol earlier this year now plans a push to raise the tobacco tax.... Read more »

Group working for new Maryland tobacco tax

If the tax is passed the group wants the money to go towards tobacco prevention programs and to reduce the number of uninsured in the state. ... Read more »

Health advocates seek increase in tobacco tax

"Only when the cost of a pack of cigarettes includes its healthcare costs to society will a smoker understand the true cost of this deadly habit," said Dr. David Hexter, immediate past president of MedChi.... Read more »