Voters might have resuscitated the push for increased tobacco taxes when they rejected increased car tag fees this November. The car tag fees were on the ballot to fund a statewide trauma care network. Now business groups -- who campaigned for the trauma care measure -- are urging lawmakers to increase the tobacco tax in the upcoming legislative session
A much-debated ban on smoking in virtually all public indoor places will go into effect in Savannah with the new year. Mayor Otis Johnson pushed for the measure as part of a health campaing. Bar employees complained about the proposal when it first came up but now are adapting to the ordinance.