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Reducing Tobacco Usage
February 16, 2016

Anna Davis, Health Policy Director, submitted written testimony in support of HB71/SB514 Tobacco Taxes – Health Maryland Initiative. Maryland has had significant success over the last decade in reducing cigarette and other tobacco usage, particularly among young people, as a direct result of increasing tobacco taxes.  Raising the state’s tobacco tax by $1.00 per pack for cigarettes with a comparable increase for other tobacco products will further reduce both teen and adult tobacco use, which in turn will save lives and reduce state health care costs. To read testimony for HB71, click here. To read the testimony for SB514, click here.

April 12, 2016

End of Session Update — both bills died in committee.