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?
State health officials say nearly half of Georgia's school districts have implemented a 100 percent tobacco-free policy. Under the policy, no student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product or E-cigarette, at any time on school property.
Atlanta officials are set to consider banning smoking in city parks. City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, a co-sponsor of the legislation, said seeing adults smoking near kids at a park and widespread smoking during a festival in Piedmont Park convinced her it’s a good idea.
West Georgia's Talbot County is the latest poor, rural county to rank as the state's "unhealthiest." The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have put out nation-wide, county-by-county health rankings for the past three years.
A coastal Georgia county is taking steps toward banning smoking in bars and other indoor venues not covered under state law. The ban goes a step further than Georgia law, which prohibits indoor smoking in restaurants and other public buildings that allow children.