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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  • UpFront

    If health advocates really cared about health, they would be stumping for increases in beer/wine/liquor taxes. Tobacco products have never cause auto accidents, domestic violence injuries, murders, or just generally stupid behavior.

  • Kurt

    I completly agree ‘UpFront’ ! In fact, the state never gained the revenue they thought they would from the tobacco tax increse becasue so many of the smokers quit or buy them from other states in bulk now. These “health advocates” should thing about taxing fast food and snack foods, but they won’t because their obese children would complain !

  • Hellwithit

    Just another ploy to raise taxes. DE, PA, and VA are licking their chops over the windfall in new revenues to be gaind. Tax’malley and his cronies are driving consumers to other states by their “if you can see it tax it” mandates

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