Wed., March 23, 2011 2:02pm (EDT)

Doctors Want Cigarette Tax Raise
By Kristen McCrae
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A picture of a Marlboro cigarette case (photo courtesy of RJStyles via Flickr).
A picture of a Marlboro cigarette case (photo courtesy of RJStyles via Flickr).
Georgia physicians are not giving up their fight to convince legislators to increase the state's cigarette tax.

They say raising the cost of cigarettes by a dollar will mean fewer people will smoke, and smokers will smoke less.

Cigarettes are responsible for 1 of every 5 deaths in the U.S.

Dr. Harry Heiman says smoking costs Georgia over 2-billion dollars a year.

"Those of us who don't smoke subsidize the health costs of smokers. Over 500-million we pay in Medicaid alone. Well, who's paying for Medicaid? I'm paying for Medicaid... You're paying for Medicaid..."

Heiman says raising the cigarette tax would save Georgia an estimated $350 million dollars a year.