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Burn notice: Seminoles charging cigarette tax too

Smokers, beware: If you were eyeing Seminole resorts as a tax-free haven for cigarettes, think again. The tribe has begun charging the state tax on cigarettes for the first time since the state imposed it 66 years ago, coinciding with Florida's $1-a-pack hike that took effect last Wednesday. The new cigarette tax is $1.34. Tribal members still can get untaxed cigarettes for their personal use, but non-Indian visitors to the reservations must now pay the levy. The Miccosukee tribe also is charging the tax on cigarette purchases. Florida began taxing cigarettes in 1943, but no Indian tribe collected until now. "This is something new," said tribe spokesman Gary Bitner. He...