About 15 years and $2.3 billion later — and despite the creation of the state’s Cigarette Restitution Fund to deter and repair damage from tobacco — smoking prevention gets only a small slice of the tobacco settlement. This story explains how that happened, with a chart and four-minute video that capsulizes the findings of this investigative piece.Read More
Maryland became the latest in a series of states struggling with how to regulate electronic cigarettes this past week when a bill aiming to ban them in public places was heard in a House committee.Read More
Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative is proposing another dollar-per-pack increase to the state’s current $2 dollar cigarette tax. The cigarette tax has been raised three times in the last 15 years and has coincided with a 32% drop in cigarette smoking during that time, which is double the national average.Read More
A controversial bill that would ban smoking in any vehicle with a passenger younger than 8 passed the state Senate 27-19 on Wednesday after debate that centered largely over the role of government.Read More
A controversial bill that would ban smoking inside any car with a child under the age of 8 took an interesting turn in the state Senate Friday morning, when a killer amendment almost succeeded.Read More
Lung Association says Maryland third worst for helping smokers quit, but state has fifth lowest smoking rate
The American Lung Association is lambasting Maryland as the “third worst” state in the country for helping smokers quit the habit, even while it has the fifth lowest smoking rate in the nation at 15%.Read More
A bill to ban smoking in a car with a child, which has been stopped in committee four years running, may finally make it to the floor of the House of Delegates. The bill has more sponsors this year than in the past, especially in the House Environmental Matters Committee, where it needs a favorable vote to get to the floor for debate.Read More
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