That is why we ask Governor Hogan to restore these cuts. If he does not, we will press hard for a dollar increase in the state tobacco tax, which would provide the money we need to restore Medicaid coverage to these pregnant women. Raising the tobacco tax would also save lives by reducing smoking, particularly among young people. In 2008, Maryland raised our tobacco tax by one dollar to help expand Medicaid eligibility to more low income parents. As a result, over 100,000 Marylanders got health insurance coverage and the rate of tobacco use in our state declined at a pace twice the national average since then. It is estimated that the tax alone saved 70,000 Marylanders from tobacco-caused illness and death. And, when we increased the tax on little cigars in 2012, there was an 18 percent drop in teen use of these deadly products, saving many more Maryland young people from tobacco-caused illness and death.