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Health Advocacy Group: More Than 200 MD Legislative Candidates Back Tobacco Tax Hike

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MARYLAND - A health advocacy group has released the names of more than 200 Maryland legislative candidates who support a proposal to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3, which would make it one of the highest rates in the nation.

The group Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative says the higher tax will reduce smoking, and generate more revenue to fund public health programs.

Opponents have argued that it hurts working-class families, setting up what could be a fiery debate next year.

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