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Tobacco tax bill would add dollar per pack to price of cigarettes in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Supporters of a tax hike on cigarette packs are hoping the higher price will also increase healthier living.

The Healthy Maryland Initiative is set for a hearing Wednesday before a Senate committee. The proposed legislation would increase the state's tobacco tax by one dollar per pack.

Advocates for the bill say the additional revenue could help fill gaps in health care coverage for pregnant women and contribute dollars toward overall public health care needs.

The bill is being proposed by Sen. Rich Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat.

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