Cigarette Tax Hike? 

The Maine Coalition on Smoking, however, says the proposed increase is too small.

On Monday, the group asked the legislature to raise the tax by a $1.50, instead.

The coalition represents more than 50 health groups throughout Maine, and says the tax needs to be higher in order to reduce Maine’s smoking rate even further.

Coalition member Becky Smith says the tax would bring in about 90 million dollars per year in revenue. She also says the tax would benefit Maine’s economy through health savings of around 350 million dollars.