Testimony: Maryland Senate Bill 259 would lead to greater health disparities and criminal justice inequities

In Politics by Michael Rae

Maryland State Senate Finance CommitteeSenate Bill 259 Flavored Tobacco Products–Prohibition

Chairperson Griffith and members of the committee:

My name is Michelle Minton, and I am a senior policy scholar at the Reason Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization. As an expert in public policy, a Maryland resident, and former smoker, I am grateful for the opportunity to submit my testimony regarding the proposed prohibition of flavored tobacco products.

The aim of the proposed prohibition to reduce adult smoking and discourage youth initiation of any tobacco or nicotine product is a laudable one. However, based on science and historical evidence, we

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