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Maine Lawmakers, please increase Maine's cigarette tax by $2 per pack and fund tobacco prevention and treatment programs

Tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic with almost 90 percent of adult smokers starting as kids. The tobacco industry spends more than $40 million each year in Maine to market their deadly products and entice new youth tobacco users.

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April 13, 2021
Maine

PORTLAND, ME – Today, state legislators heard from cancer and cardiovascular patients, survivors, and public health advocates during Maine’s virtual Tobacco Action Day . Even though the advocates could not travel to the capitol this year, they made their voices heard through virtual meetings, phone calls and social media. The

February 23, 2021
Maine

AUGUSTA – Later today, Gov. Janet Mills will deliver her State of the Budget address. Mills’ Biennial budget proposal includes a reduction in funding of $5 million per year in each year of the biennium for the state’s tobacco control program, a more than 30% cut from FY21 funding.

September 25, 2020
Maine

Dear Governor Mills, Legislative Leaders and Members of the Joint Standing Committees on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Taxation: As organizations that represent public health professionals, health care providers and patients, including those with serious health conditions like cancer, heart and lung disease, which place them

September 14, 2020
Maine

PORTLAND, Maine - This past weekend, communities across Maine honored lives touched by cancer through Lights of Hope Across America, a national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACS CAN volunteers did not gather for the annual Lights

State Contacts

Melissa Stacy
Maine Grassroots Manager
Hilary Schneider
Maine Director Government Relations
Amber Herting
Associate Director, Media Advocacy

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