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Great Primary Day for Healthy Maryland Initiative

June 27, 2014

 Congratulations to the 111 of the candidates who endorsed our Healthy Maryland Initiative who also won their primary elections. We believe this translates into majorities in both Houses of the General Assembly for our proposal! We will keep working to make sure our life-saving measure becomes law.  Bold=Incumbent *=Current Delegate STATE SENATE   District 3 Ron ... Read more »

Look who endorsed our Healthy Maryland Initiative

May 29, 2014

Over 200 candidates running for the Maryland General Assembly endorsed our Healthy Maryland Initiative. Candidates listed in bold text  are incumbents.  Candidates with an asterisk are current Delegates who are running for a seat in the Maryland Senate. Thank you all for your support! STATE SENATE   District 3 Ron Young (D)   District 5 ... Read more »

200 General Assembly candidates support cigarette tax hike, advocates say

May 23, 2014

Advocates seeking to increase tax on pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3 The Baltimore Sun May 22, 2014 By Luke Broadwater Advocates backing a $1 tax increase on every pack of cigarettes sold in Maryland say they’ve lined up more than 200 General Assembly candidates to support the hike. The Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative has ... Read more »

Healthy Maryland Initiative on the Larry Young Radio Show TODAY

May 19, 2014

Tune in to WBOL 1010 Radio TODAY to hear more about the Healthy Maryland Initiative. ... Read more »

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 »