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Candidates hit up for tobacco tax pledge

April 10, 2014

The Daily Record April 9, 2014 Bryan P. Sears If you’re running for a seat in the Maryland General Assembly, Vincent DeMarco wants you to pledge to raise the state’s tobacco tax. DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, said his group is sending 540 letters to candidates of all parties who are running for the ... Read more »

Advocates urge increase of Maryland’s Tobacco Tax

"Cigarette smoking has dropped almost 32 percent -- almost double the national average -- (and) saved tens of thousands of lives. We need to build on that progress, and the money from the tobacco tax has been used to expand health care for hundreds of thousands of people. We need to build on that progress," said Vincent DeMarco, president of Health Care for All.... Read more »

Health groups urge $1 tax increase per pack of cigarettes

“It really is a win-win-win for Maryland. It’s a win for public health,” Amy Barkley, of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, said.... Read more »

General Assembly candidates asked to state position on cigarette tax hike

“The document simply says ‘I support the dollar tobacco tax to reduce smoking and fund health care needs.’ We’re going to ask every single candidate for General Assembly to sign this,” said Vincent DeMarco... Read more »

Healthcare advocates push for cigarette tax hike

Today, health care advocates and community leaders sent letters to every candidate in the General Assembly to endorse a a $1 increase of tobacco taxes, bringing the tax to $3-a-pack. The letters described a media and grassroots campaign, including pictures of print ads, to rally Marylanders around the initiative.... Read more »

Two days after session ends, a push for higher tobacco taxes

  WBAL 1090AM April 9, 2014 Robert Lang Two days after the 2014 Session of the Maryland General Assembly ended, groups supporting an increase in the state’s cigarette tax are thinking about next year. Members of Maryland Health Care for All and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids held a news conference in Annapolis today ... Read more »

Poll shows Marylanders, Lower Shore residents support new cigarette tax

February 18, 2014

If the bill becomes law, DeMarco and others expect it would decrease youth smoking by 10 percent, lead 23,000 adult smokers to quit and save millions in heath care costs.... Read more »

Hearings in Annapolis

February 12, 2014

Hearings for our Healthy Maryland Initiative (HB 443/SB 589) proposal to fund expanded public health programs with a $1.00 increase in the state’s tobacco tax will be held  on Thursday, February 20 at 1:00PM in the House Ways and Means Committee and on Wednesday, February 26th at 1pm at the Senate Budget and Tax Committee. We hope you can join us! Thanks to Del Luedtke, Del. Frush, and ... Read more »

Great hearings and great press!

March 14, 2013

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Senate  hearing for our Healthy Maryland Initiative yesterday. Here is a great article from the Maryland Reporter and blog post from the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute about our initiative:   Another tax hike on cigarettes and cigars gets kicked around March 14, 2013 at 12:03 am By ... Read more »

See you in Annapolis!

February 13, 2013

Updates on the Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013 and Healthy Maryland Initiative... Read more »