"I've always supported the increase. I know the effects of smoking and we need to stop it. But when do we stop taxing?" said Delegate Carolyn J.B. Howard, Prince George's Democrat. "This is, what, the third tax we've had?"
Maryland Democrats at odds on tobacco taxes direction →
Ms. Howard, one of the commission's 28 members, said many constituents have complained that they are already too heavily burdened by gas prices that now exceed $4 a gallon.
Proposal to increase gas tax sparks backlash →