By: Angela garrity
News Center Maine reports that Governor Janet Mills signed a bill this week to increase the tax on all tobacco products in the state. The new law will match the tax on all tobacco products, including e-cigarette and other products, to match the 43% tax on the wholesale of cigarettes.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Joyce "Jay" McCreight who said, “To reduce the toll taken on the health of Mainers, on health care costs, on loss of worker productivity, and on our state budget, we need to both prevent youth from becoming tobacco users and support current tobacco users of any age to quit," said McCreight in a statement, regarding the initiative for the bill. "This comprehensive approach will provide the incentives and resources needed to protect Mainers from the health risks associated with tobacco use."
HP0758 passed both the Maine House and Senate on June 20th, with the changes going into effect January 2, 2020.
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