Associated Industries' argument to close the "tobacco loophole"

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Editor’s note: Jose Gonzalez, vice-president of Associated Industries, offers this op-ed as part of the debate over Florida’s tobacco policy.

Our state lawmakers will soon have to make incredibly difficult decisions to address Florida

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