State board votes to accept tobacco settlement

November 25, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is backing a $1.50 increase to the existing 36-cents-per-pack tax on cigarettes. An article in yesterday's Maryland section incorrectly stated the proposed tobacco increase.

The Sun regrets the errors.

The state Board of Public Works agreed unanimously yesterday to accept a tobacco settlement that will pay Maryland more than $4.2 billion over the next quarter-century.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening, chairman of the board, called the deal a "major win" for the state, which has been spending more than $100 million a year on tobacco-related health costs.


Maryland is one of 46 states to participate in a $206 billion settlement with the tobacco industry that will take cigarette ads off billboards and taxis, ban Joe Camel-style cartoons and finance anti-smoking campaigns.

The governor said the legal fight is not over and vowed to join other states in pushing for federal regulation of nicotine.

Glendening also is backing a proposed increase in the state's per-pack cigarette tax, to $1.50 from 36 cents. The aim is to discourage teen smoking.

Pub Date: 11/25/98

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