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Study Says Voters Want More Cigarette Taxes

March 24th, 2008 by flanews

Cigarette Smokers looking to kick the habit may just get the extra boost they need. A proposed bill could increase Florida’s current cigarette tax as much as a dollar a pack. Supporters of the bill hope the increase will prevent teens from smoking as well as persuade those who are already smokers to stop.
First and foremost, the public health community feels the most important thing to do is to raise the price of cigarettes. Doing that alone the public health benefit would be tremendous because fewer people would smoke and you’d have fewer death and disease from tobacco consumption, said Paul Hull with the American Cancer Society.

A recent statewide poll claims that 7 of 10 voters feel the current tax is too low, and 80 percent of voters support a dollar cigarette tax increase.

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