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Great op-ed in the Washington Post

April 21, 2014

"As Maryland weighs another tobacco tax increase, it can look to the success of its last one."... Read more »

Healthcare advocates push for cigarette tax hike

April 10, 2014

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 »

Advocates’ stance: Higher taxes, less smoking

October 30, 2013

The Daily Record October 30, 2013 Bryan Sears The head of a group that spearheaded a $1 increase in the state’s tobacco tax five years ago wants another increase to combat what he called stagnated smoking rates among adults and children. Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, said the increase on cigarettes and […]... Read more »