West Virginia Benefits From Maryland Cigarette Tax
West Virginia retailers near the Maryland border are seeing an
increase in cigarette sales since Maryland raised the state
cigarette tax to 66 cents a pack July 1.
"Our sales have
tripled," said Sean Hagenbuch of Hages Market in Ridgeley, W.VA.
In front of Hagenbuch's store is a sign thanking Maryland
Governor Parris Glendening for the increase. Maryland law
forbids residents from bringing more than two packs of
cigarettes across the border, but authorities admit they don't
target the casual smoker.
The Washington Post, (8/18/99) "METRO IN BRIEF: W.Va. Reaps Benefits of Md.
Cigarette Tax", Compiled from reports by staff writers Brian Mooar, Michael H.
Cottman and Valerie Strauss and the Associated Press.