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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Tax the smokers again

November 19, 2012

The proposal is sure to face stiff opposition from tobacco companies. It's also sure to cut smoking rates even farther and to save more lives.... Read more »

Lobbyists hope tax will curb smoking in teens

November 15, 2012

"And whether we bend beneath the cross, bow before the Star of David, kiss the black stone of Mecca or simply stand before the infinite Is, the faith community stand united in saying raise this tax to save our children," Bishop Douglas Miles said.... Read more »

Health coalition to call for $1 tobacco tax hike

Thursday is the Great American Smoke-Out and, in case you need incentive, there’s a campaign to raise the cigarette tax next year.... Read more »

Maryland health group tries again for $1 tax hike on cigarettes

The tax increase would build on previous increases to the tobacco tax and play an important role in funding anti-smoking programs for teenagers and other public health needs... Read more »