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Peter Finkelstein of Annapolis lights a cigar at the Annapolis Cigar Co. A campaign is under way for the General Assembly to raise taxes on cigars and chewing tobacco to deter teens who use them as alternatives to more expensive cigarettes. (T.J. Kirkpatrick / The Washington Times)

Peter Finkelstein of Annapolis lights a cigar at the Annapolis Cigar Co. A campaign is under way for the General Assembly to raise taxes on cigars and chewing tobacco to deter teens who use them as alternatives to more expensive cigarettes. (T.J. Kirkpatrick / The Washington Times)

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