With Gov. Larry Hogan looking for ways to cut taxes, not increase them, now might not seem like the obvious time for the legislature to expend much energy considering advocates' proposal to increase Maryland's tobacco tax by another $1 per pack, but we hope they do. Last year's version of the legislation, which also would have raised levies on pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff and certain other products, was projected to raise about $90 million a year in revenue, but that is almost beside the point. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network estimate that a $1 a pack increase in Maryland's tax would cut youth smoking by another 11 percent. Tens of thousands of adult smokers would quit, and the state would save millions every year in health costs from lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes and smoking-affected pregnancies.