Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage


Visit the Lobby Tools Website


Visit Legislative IQ Website


Recent Posts



RSS Capitol News LIVE

RSS Quote of the Day

  • Juvenal
    "All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price."
  • Pope Paul VI
    "Of all human activities, man's listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will."
  • Lucy Larcom
    "If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it."
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    "Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time."

Cigarette Tax Increase

March 3rd, 2009 by flanews

Efforts to pass an increase in the states 33.9 cent cigarette tax are building steam at the state capitol. A dollar increase would still put Florida around the national average and would bring the state as much as a billion dollars a year. Paul Hull of the American Cancer Society says right now the state is spending more treating sick smokers than the current tax is bringing in.

Florida is long overdue for an increase in the cigarette tax, Hull said. We have one of the lowest in the country. And the gap between what we spend on Medicaid and what we take in as cigarette taxes, is ridiculously high. Nobody likes taxes but theres a time and a place. And its one reason our budget is in such dire straights, its because of the burden on Medicaid caused by tobacco use.

Florida has not raised the cigarette tax since 1990. 44 other states charge more than Florida.

Posted in State News | No Comments »

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

copyright © 2016 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com