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New Video Demonstrates Success of Alcohol and Tobacco Taxes to Address Public Health Issues and Save Lives

December 19, 2018

The Maryland Healthcare for All Coalition today released a video demonstrating the success of alcohol and tobacco taxes to address public health issues and save lives. ... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: Alcohol taxes have saved lives, too

August 21, 2018

The 2011 alcohol tax, which was strongly supported by Marylanders from across the state, played a key role in Maryland’s success in reducing drunk driving.... Read more »

Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides

July 20, 2017

Scientific American Kunmi Sobowale July 1, 2017 The woman disappeared. She had been coming to our group therapy sessions for months, and suddenly she stopped. Other group members told me why: she had been beaten so badly by her husband that she ended up in the hospital. The assault happened while her husband was, to […]... Read more »

Maryland alcohol tax increase linked to drop in drunk driving crashes

March 27, 2017

"It's very very important that the public know that public health policies like this work," DeMarco said. ... Read more »

Health Enterprise Zones

July 27, 2012

We participated in a great public forum last night at the Long Branch Community Center to discuss the Lt. Governor's Health Enterprise Zones initiative to address health disparities. Check out our footage on YouTube.... Read more »

Maryland outlines $14M in alcohol tax revenue for health programs

July 19, 2012

Baltimore Business Journal Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 2:59pm EDT by Sarah Gantz, Reporter Maryland health department leaders on Wednesday detailed the long-term care programs that will benefit from $14 million, a portion of revenue generated by the alcohol tax increase that went live last year. Two programs that provide at-home health services to adults with […]... Read more »

Alcohol tax funds boost long-term care services in Maryland

About $14.3 million generated by the 2011 state alcohol tax will be used to expand long-term care services to frail seniors and adults with disabilities, officials said Wednesday.... Read more »

Health advocates cheer use of Md. alcohol tax

"It worked out exactly as we wanted, that it's being used for these purposes through the regular budget process," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative. "Now, it has to be redone every year, but these are becoming like normal budget items, so they'll be in the budget every year."... Read more »


May 17, 2012

Statement by Vincent DeMarco, President, Maryland Health Care For All! Coalition Thanks to the leadership of Governor Martin O’Malley, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, and the Maryland General Assembly, the 2012 General Assembly Sessions made tremendous public health progress. First, the landmark Health Care Exchange legislation will place Maryland at the forefront of states implementing the […]... Read more »

Coalition calls MD’s alcohol tax a success

February 8, 2012

A coalition that pushed an alcohol tax increase last year is calling the tax a success and turning its efforts toward assuring that the new revenue is spent the way it was intended.... Read more »