The Higher Price of Smoking

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The tobacco tax in Maryland

1958: Bill passed over governor's veto imposing rate of

3 cents per pack

1961: Rate increased to 6 cents

1975: Rate increased to 10 cents

1980: Rate increased to 13 cents, but cigarettes are exempted from sales tax

1991: Rate increased to 16 cents, and sales tax is reinstated

1992: Rate increased to 36 cents

1999: Rate increased to 66 cents

2002: Rate increased to $1

2008: Rate increased to $2


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