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Crist Warming Up to Tobacco Tax

May 20th, 2009 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crist says he wont stand in the way of legislation to raise the states tobacco tax.

Lawmakers voted to raise the states cigarette tax by a dollar a pack earlier this month. Crist has opposed new taxes his entire term as Governor and has the authority to veto the legislation. Surrounded by health care workers at a bill signing ceremony this morning Crist told reporters he likes the plan.

Here were talking about a hospital and the irony isnt lost on me. The health care cost that would be saved, and I think obviously a reduction in the people that would smoke, that would be a good thing, said Crist.

The tobacco tax is expected to generate 900 million dollars for the state, and keep thousands of teens from ever lighting up.

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