Fifteen years ago this month, tobacco companies agreed to pay states billions of dollars in the largest civil litigation settlement in US history. Georgia has received about $2 billion from the settlement. So, where did that $2 billion in tobacco settlement money go?
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.