Health Advocates Want Increase On Tobacco Taxes

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Public health advocates want lawmakers to consider raising taxes on tobacco products.

Community and faith leaders will join advocates Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis to advocate for a set of bills to increase taxes on cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products.

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget includes an increase on the state’s tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco products from 15 to 66 percent of the wholesale cost.

Other legislation that would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3 and also hike the tax levied on the wholesale price of smokeless products, will be heard by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee later that day.

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