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Health coalition to call for $1 tobacco tax hike

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A health care coalition is calling for a $1 increase in Maryland's tobacco tax.

The Maryland Health Care for All Coalition is scheduled to join Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett on Wednesday in Annapolis for a news conference. Local government officials as well as students and teachers also are scheduled to attend.

Lawmakers approved doubling the state's tobacco tax from $1 to $2 in a 2007 special session.

Earlier this year, lawmakers approved tax increases on tobacco products other than cigarettes. Those products included "little cigars" and smokeless tobacco such as snuff.