A series of increases in the cigarette tax since 1999 has paid dividends in lower smoking rates, particularly for teens. But tobacco companies are increasingly marketing flavored cigars that are popular among minors, and taxes on those products are now disproportionately low compared to cigarettes. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Youth Tobacco Survey, nearly as many teens now smoke cigars as cigarettes. The state should raise taxes on cigars and other tobacco products so they are equivalent to cigarette taxes.
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