Lung Association Calls For Big Cigarette Tax Hike

A pack of cigarettes could cost about eight dollars in Maine, if the American Lung Association of the Northeast gets its way.

The association is calling for a dollar-50-a-pack increase in the state's cigarette tax.

Supporters say that would raise an additional 50-million dollars a year that could go into the Medicaid budget.

Anti-smoking advocates also say eight-dollar-a-pack cigarettes would give smokers an incentive to quit and discourage people from starting to smoke.

Clay Gordon

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Clay was hired by WVII/WFVX as a morning anchor for FOX BANGOR's 7AM News Hour and as reporter for the 6,10 & 11 o’clock news in July 2011.

He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington where he received his B.A. in Journalism. Clay has worked at Fox National News in New York, WTIU in Indianapolis and the Big Ten Network.

In his free time, Clay is a firefighter for the Holden Fire/Rescue Department in Holden and is an avid hockey fan.

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