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Push on to raise Maryland cigarette tax to $3 a pack
The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2011 | David Hill

Posted on 10/07/2011 8:34:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A Maryland health advocate who fought successfully this year for an increase in the state’s alcohol sales tax is pushing for a tax increase on cigarettes.

Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, says the group will start a campaign next week asking the General Assembly to increase the state’s $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to $3 and raise taxes on other tobacco products, including cigars and smokeless tobacco.

Mr. DeMarco — a health lobbyist who has long championed so-called “sin taxes” on tobacco and alcohol — hopes to build on momentum from this year’s assembly, in which legislators voted to increase the state’s alcohol sales tax from 6 percent to 9 percent after several years of lobbying.

“It’s a great public-health measure. Our goal would be that all smokers would stop smoking,” he said Thursday, adding that more than 100 community groups already have backed the tobacco-tax proposal. “Many smokers appreciate increases in the tobacco tax to help them quit.”

Maryland taxed smokers just 36 cents a pack on cigarettes before 1999, when the rate was increased to 66 cents. A second increase moved the rate to $1 in 2002, and state lawmakers again raised the tax, to $2 a pack, during their 2007 special session.

The state’s $2 rate on cigarettes is tied for 11th highest in the country, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators. The District tax is $2.50 a pack, while Pennsylvania and Delaware charge $1.60 and Virginia charges 30 cents — the second-lowest rate in the country behind Missouri’s 17 cents.

New York has the highest tax rate on cigarettes at $4.35 a pack.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: cigarettetax; nannystate; publichealth; smokers

1 posted on 10/07/2011 8:34:07 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 10/07/2011 8:35:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Awesome.....more money for Virginia.


3 posted on 10/07/2011 8:35:33 PM PDT by Wage Slave (Army Mom!)
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


4 posted on 10/07/2011 8:37:32 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They should make it ‘cool’ 20.


5 posted on 10/07/2011 8:40:11 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“Many smokers appreciate increases in the tobacco tax to help them quit.”

True dat.

6 posted on 10/07/2011 8:40:22 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
It is inevitable that we will someday read about no knock BATF raids on clandestine hydroponic Kentucky burley grow operations under high pressure sodium vapor lights. and mexicans growing it on federal lands and state parks.
7 posted on 10/07/2011 8:47:20 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
There is a bud of mine who regularly drives to Virginia and the Carolinas. He's going to be happy to haul bootleg cigarettes only as far as Maryland now rather than having to drive all the way to Pennsylvania.

He tells me there is a great market for this kind of thing. You can easily fit enough packs in your car trunk to pay for a trip to Myrtle Beach and back plus a little extra. If you know where to go, the chances of being detected are almost nil. My bud has offered to help set me up with the proper introductions, but so far I've resisted the temptation.

8 posted on 10/07/2011 8:48:43 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Vince should just make cigarettes and other tobacco items illegal. Oops, that wouldn’t suit his agenda.


9 posted on 10/07/2011 8:50:07 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What no “It is for the children” pitch?


10 posted on 10/07/2011 8:50:18 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If $3 is better wouldn’t $30 be better still?


11 posted on 10/07/2011 8:51:34 PM PDT by null and void (Day 989 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ah yes, you’ve got to love the Political mind - tax them and we will get rich. Unfortunately, the taxed seem to find ways around them at every turn. (Love the stop light cameras - don’t you? - they bring in so much revenue)...

It comes down to government sucks at attempting to raise taxes via sin taxes or tolls or just about anything else that the taxee’s (made up term) have control over.

These folks are smart enough to find ways around these silly government taxes and eventually, the return is less than they had before taxes were raised. Will they never learn!


12 posted on 10/07/2011 8:55:07 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don’t know how people can continue to smoke now days. I quit when it passed the $1 barrier. Now here in Washington a pack of name brands will cost you between 7 and 9 dollars a pack.


13 posted on 10/07/2011 8:55:10 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

Ah, little do you know grasshopper! There are ways...


14 posted on 10/07/2011 8:57:10 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Deagle

Yes there are :>)


15 posted on 10/07/2011 9:00:35 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Agenda21: Dept. of Life, Dept. of Liberty and the Dept. of Happiness)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
If tobacco is so bad, outlaw it and hand it over to the DEA.

They've done such a good job with all the other contraband substances.

16 posted on 10/07/2011 9:03:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Go for it. Anyone stupid enough to smoke and live in Maryland also, deserves to be punished. Deal with it.
18 posted on 10/07/2011 9:11:49 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sounds like someone who owns some smoke shops in Northern Virginia has been whispering in the right ears. Maryland is small enough to drive across state lines to pickup smokes.


19 posted on 10/07/2011 9:15:21 PM PDT by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: Drango

“Many smokers appreciate increases in the tobacco tax to help them quit.”

...the state.


20 posted on 10/07/2011 9:31:06 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: hinckley buzzard

What will happen is what happens in every state (New York) who raise taxes on cigarettes, which is more cigarettes will be sold black market and the state will lose a ton of taxation.


21 posted on 10/07/2011 9:34:05 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (welcome dies irae)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


22 posted on 10/07/2011 9:46:28 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Wage Slave

Maybe not. Some states are seeing their tobacco tax revenue declining because smokers are buying their cigs elsewhere.


23 posted on 10/07/2011 9:49:58 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: InvisibleChurch
Let's see now. If a govt imposes punitive taxes, then an illegal market results?

Who knew?

24 posted on 10/07/2011 10:25:07 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: SpaceBar
It is inevitable that we will someday read about no knock BATF raids on clandestine hydroponic Kentucky burley grow operations...

Yea, I think you're right. Imagine the BATF toys that will eventually fund. They will arrive at the address on individual jet packs and eventually retire with benefits at 32 years old.

25 posted on 10/07/2011 10:32:46 PM PDT by Jay Santos CP ("Idiocracy"... It's no longer just a movie.)
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To: allmost

Yes, uncouth.


26 posted on 10/07/2011 10:43:48 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Ken H
I83 and I95 are ticket central. Driving while non female seems to be the main offence.
27 posted on 10/07/2011 10:47:39 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Drango
"Many smokers appreciate increases in the tobacco tax to help them quit.”

True dat.

According to YOU!

I quit smoking (cold turkey, btw) when my 15 year 2-3 packs a day (to the filter) habit met the "I ran out again" moment.

Tax levels and the personal cost had NOTHING to do with my quitting.

I usually kept at least a couple of packs in my glovebox, and there was always a carton in the freezer at home. I don't doubt there was more going on in my head than I'll admit to here, but there was no serious "I'm gonna quit!" moment, I just said to myself "Well, that's it then, isn't it?"

I suppose it was an anti-socialIST reaction, since I felt nothing but pragmatism when I realized that my pocket, locker at work, AND the glovebox in my car ALL were devoid of cigarettes.

It's not like I couldn't find anywhere to sell me smokes, I just decided that enough was enough.

FOr those who have trouble quitting, or don't want to quit, I simply say they should do what THEY want to, and to the Devil with their opponents!

28 posted on 10/08/2011 12:05:00 AM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I remember when cigarettes in Maryland were 25 cents a pack, but we grew tobacco there, then.


29 posted on 10/08/2011 12:23:52 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: null and void

$100 would surely do the trick.


30 posted on 10/08/2011 12:54:00 AM PDT by HotKat
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To: HotKat

F**k the anti smoking nazi bass turds. I quit smoking 6 years ago because I had a health scare but if that hadn’t happened I’d still be smoking because I was SOOO freaking addicted, and I would just go broke. And still smoke. But it’s not fair that someone should go BROKE just because other people, who happen to have POWER over taking other people’s money decide to target me for buying something I enjoy/need to do. Dang this just makes me so mad probably cuz I’m just off the heels of reading an article about Cook county property taxes, but yeah. They need to keep their hands out of other people’s pockets!


31 posted on 10/08/2011 1:21:15 AM PDT by kelly4c
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To: kelly4c; All

For the record, I had never smoked at all, but I don’t like what is going on imho.. Two words slippery slope..


32 posted on 10/08/2011 4:08:05 AM PDT by KevinDavis (What has Ron Paul done in Congress??)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Lucky for DeMarco that Maryland doesn’t pass a Self-Righteous A-hole Tax, or he’d be bankrupt overnight.


33 posted on 10/08/2011 6:19:33 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Drango
If you want smokers to quit, outlaw tobacco, in ANY form.
At least then they would be showing their true colors instead of the,"but I just want it for YOU", BS.
34 posted on 10/08/2011 6:44:56 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe

The hypocrisy continues to astonish me.

They are often hurting the vulnerable. I was in a convenience store right after MA raised the cig taxes.
This store happens to be near a community living residence for people with difficulties.

A resident of the home came in for cigs and cried when he heard the price.He didn’t have enough money.

I bought him his cigarettes.


35 posted on 10/08/2011 3:15:17 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears
They are often hurting the vulnerable.

Not the vulnerable!!!! Smokers often play the victim card. It's such a conservative value.

36 posted on 10/08/2011 3:56:41 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

“Smokers often play the victim card. It’s such a conservative value. “


? ? ? ?


37 posted on 10/08/2011 5:07:01 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Drango

Come back and let me know when something else is taxed at over 1,000% of what it takes to manufacture the product.


38 posted on 10/09/2011 3:19:27 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Don W

How did you feel after you quit? Jittery and irritable and all that? Or nothing? I ask because my dad up and quit smoking one day — he smoked Camel non filters — and said he felt absolutely no different. The only effect was that he missed the pleasure of smoking. But all the expected nicotine withdrawal turned out to be a big nothingburger.


39 posted on 10/09/2011 3:29:43 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
...this year’s assembly, in which legislators voted to increase the state’s alcohol sales tax from 6 percent to 9 percent after several years of lobbying.

Bastards!!!

40 posted on 10/09/2011 5:20:29 PM PDT by sauropod (William Kristol does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: Vigilanteman

All you have to do to avoid the taxes is roll your own.


41 posted on 10/09/2011 5:22:05 PM PDT by sauropod (William Kristol does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: sauropod

You just became aware of that? The tax went up on July 1.


42 posted on 10/09/2011 7:20:49 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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