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Smokers facing potential new tax

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Smokers and non-smokers alike seem to have a passionate opinion about a $1-per-pack increased surcharge for cigarettes, proposed by Representative Jim Waldman.

Waldman supported the state's $1.37 surcharge that was passed on 2009.  The American Cancer Society said smoking in Florida went down 27 percent.

On our Facebook page, many people had differing opinions about the hot topic.

"Whether or not people would quit, or should quit, or any other argument against smoking.....the revenue would be used for replacing lost money on vehicle registrations. Why on earth would the state think that they should tax cigarettes for vehicle registration lost income?  Personally, I'd like to see them put an inspection requirement in and charge for that.  Maybe it would get some of the complete wrecks off the road and make driving safer for the rest of us," said Ann Faulkner.

Gina Robert Crawford argued,"Tax away. I'd rather tax something that is not a necessity like cigarettes than something we all actually need like groceries and gas."

The $800 million raised would help cover the motor vehicle registration fees.

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