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hikes, Waldman said he would offset the higher cigarette surcharges by rolling back a series of unpopular fee increases that lawmakers also approved in 2009. Those fee increases caused motorists to pay more for such things as vehicle registrations and driver's licenses.

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But Brenda Olsen, an American Lung Association official who has long worked Nike Sweater Green on anti tobacco issues in Florida, said higher cigarette taxes can help prevent youths from starting to smoke, as they are more "price sensitive" than adults. With the economy struggling, she said higher costs also could help spur some current smokers to quit.

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Rep. Steve Precourt, an Orlando Republican who is chairman of the House Finance Tax Committee, said he had not seen Waldman's bill. But more broadly, he said lawmakers don't want to raise taxes and fees this year.

Sutton offered several reasons for opposing taxes that are "unfair to adult tobacco consumers."

A South Florida lawmaker wants to increase cigarette taxes by $1 a pack and is offering a political sweetener to try to get it passed: Use the money to roll back fees on motorists.

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Rep. Jim Waldman, D Coconut Creek, filed the bill (HB 1049) last week. Lawmakers in 2009 also approved a $1 a pack increase in cigarette taxes or a "surcharge" as supporters called it as they grappled with budget problems.

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It is too early to know whether Waldman can get lawmakers to go along with his proposal, which he said would bring in roughly $900 million a year in additional cigarette taxes. No Senate version has been filed.

Florida collects $1.34 in taxes on a standard pack of cigarettes, with $1 of that coming from the 2009 surcharge. Money from that surcharge goes into a trust fund to help pay for health care services.

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Sutton, a spokesman for Philip Morris USA, said in an e mail that the tobacco company opposes Waldman's proposal.

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He said, in part, that higher taxes can encourage the Nike Sweater Burgundy

use of contraband tobacco, are costly to retailers and do little to solve systemic state budget problems.

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