Op-Ed

GRAY: Cigarette Tax Increase is the Smart Choice for D.C.

When the D.C. Council meets on Tuesday, May 15, one of the District’s biggest public health issues will hang in the balance. At that meeting, I plan to offer an amendment to the 2019 budget support act that would increase the District’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack; direct at least 10 percent of the revenue to tobacco cessation and prevention efforts; and, provide necessary dollars for other critical needs in the city. [read more…]