November 22, 2012 12:00 AM

Not much of a down side to higher cigarette taxes

Nearly every state plus the District of Columbia has raised its cigarette tax in the last dozen or so years, and many have raised it more than once. Maryland has done more than most: Since 1999, the state has increased the levy on cigarettes three times, more than quintupling the rate, which now stands at $2 per pack.

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