A bill aimed at raising the cigar tax in Maryland to 95 percent of the wholesale price has been voted down by a Senate committee, who called the bill ‘unfavorable.’ The proposed terms would have seen a 533 percent increase in tobacco taxes.
Maryland lawmakers will still have to decide on the measure before putting the matter to rest, although it will appear on a chamber calendar under “Unfavorable Reports.”
Any politician in their right mind will immediately shoot down this misguided proposal. It will only put hard working tobacconists out of a job, thus increasing the already staggering national unemployment rate.
Additionally, tobacco is a still legal substance in America. Until these pathetic lawmakers gain the courage to outlaw tobacco outright, they would be wise to leave their political pandering by the wayside.