Reduce the Burden of Tobacco-related Illness by Increasing Revenue from the Cigarette Tax for Use for Tobacco Cessation

Last updated: Mar 26, 2018

Details about this bill
Category: Alcohol / Tobacco / Guns
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Joyce "Jay" McCreight, House 51
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 945

Position:

Opposed. This would be a 75% tax increase.

Summary:

This bill increases the cigarette tax from $2.00 to $3.50 per pack of 20 cigarettes, beginning November 1, 2017. This bill also provides increased funding in the amount of $8,100,000 per year in ongoing funding to the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for tobacco use prevention and cessation in order to align with United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Finally, this bill provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2017-18 and $750,000 thereafter for MaineCare members for tobacco cessation medications and counseling.