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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 »

Coalition plans to pose question to Md. candidates: Is it time to raise the tobacco tax?

Washington Post By John Wagner,  Published: APRIL 09, 1:57 A coalition of health advocacy and anti-smoking groups launched a campaign in Maryland on Wednesday to make support for a $1 per pack increase in the state’s tobacco tax a major election issue this year for legislative candidates. The group, led by the Maryland Health Care for All ... 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 »

The importance of signing up

March 19, 2014

Since Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act has provided full health care coverage to over 230,000 Marylanders who previously had either no health insurance or low quality or unaffordable coverage. This is a tremendous public health success for our state.... Read more »

Ravens Superstar Lardarius Webb Joins Health Advocates To Urge Marylanders To Dial 2-1-1

Today, Ravens superstar cornerback Lardarius Webb informs Maryland residents about where and how to find affordable health insurance information and assistance. We are joined by state officials, local health advocates and people who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act to discuss how people in the region can get the health care coverage they need. ... 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 »

Monday viewpoints: Why the fuss over “the waiver?”

February 3, 2014

The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative applauds the state's unique Medicare waiver under the Affordable Care Act. Implemented wisely, it will favor consumers by improving health care quality while slowing the growth of health care costs.... Read more »