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Smokebusters Win Amendment Four

November 8th, 2006 by Mike Vasilinda

After years of watching the legislature gut the budget for anti-tobacco programs, Floridians decide its time to reverse course. Amendment Four approved by almost 61 percent of the voters will force the legislature to spend 57 million dollars next year on education campaigns designed to keep kids away from tobacco, says Florida Lung Association spokesperson Brenda Olsen.

<>The legislature will pass implementing legislation in the 2007 session, so in July of 2007 the money should come available. We anticipate that the legislature will require that the money be spent on programs we know that are very effective in preventing youth from smoking and also in assisting adults who have already become addicted to tobacco to quit.

The money from the anti-tobacco programs will come from the tobacco industry which pays the state hundreds of millions of dollars every year as a result of a legal settlement that was reached almost a decade ago. ________________________________________

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