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Taxes with benefits in Maryland

October 16, 2014

The 2007 cigarette tax increase caused a 29 percent drop in teen smoking in our state and will save more than 30,000 Marylanders from early, preventable tobacco-related deaths.... 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 »

Media Advisory: Affordable Care Act successes share their stories

April 28, 2014

“Nancy, Tom and Grace represent the over 330,000 Marylanders who have benefited greatly from the success of the Affordable Care Act health care expansion in Maryland,” said Vincent DeMarco... Read more »

Maryland should build on the success of its health-care exchange

April 21, 2014

Washington Post Letter to the Editor April 17, 2014 It was disappointing that Robert McCartney’s April 13 Metro column, “Brown takes credit in making Md. ‘national leader’ in health care? What gall!,” made no mention of the fact thatapproximately 300,000 Marylanders have enrolled in health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act — significantly exceeding the state’s goal of ... 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 »

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 »