Washington mayor tells Glendening he'll mull raising cigarette tax

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening may have a new ally in his campaign to persuade the General Assembly to raise the state's 36-cent tobacco tax by a dollar a pack: Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

After a courtesy call from Glendening, Williams agreed to consider raising his city's 65-cent-a-pack tax to $1 if Maryland were to raise its levy on cigarettes to $1.36 over the next two years.

"I consider looking at tobacco use as a health-care issue," Williams said during a joint press conference. "We don't want to be a smoking haven."

Glendening said Williams' remarks should disarm some opposition to the tax. "It takes the steam out of the tobacco lobby in Annapolis saying we shouldn't do this because people will go across jurisdictional lines" to purchase cigarettes, he said.

Pub Date: 3/16/99

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