LD 1423 – LD 1423 An Act To Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use by Ensuring Adequate Funding for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Programs and by Raising the Tax on Tobacco Products and To Provide Funding To Reduce Disparities in Health Outcomes Based on Certain Factors

Rep. McCreight-D This bill ensures future funding for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health by requiring funding for the program to be a minimum of the actual revenue collected on the sales of all tobacco products plus available funds in the Fund for a Healthy Maine or the amount of funding for state tobacco control programs as determined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommended for Maine, whichever is less.
This bill increases the cigarette tax from $2.00 per pack of 20 cigarettes to $4.00 per pack of 20 cigarettes, beginning November 1, 2021. Because the tax on other tobacco products is determined by the tax on cigarettes, this bill, by operation of law, increases the tax on other tobacco products, such as cigars and smokeless tobacco, by the same percentage change as the increase in the tax on cigarettes.
Finally, this bill provides funding in fiscal years 2021-22 and 2022-23 to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention as follows:
1. For the purposes of tobacco use prevention and cessation, $7,000,000 annually in order to attain the amount of funding recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
2. To allow the center to research, identify and reduce health disparities in health care outcomes based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, income, educational attainment or geographic location, $10,000,000 annually, but only for the 2022-2023 biennium.
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