A 1950’s cigarette ad shows two doctors lighting up smokes over a cup of coffee. “You know, this night shift is kind of rough, isn’t it?” says one doctor to the other, who is just pulling his first drag. “That’s right,” he replies. “But a Camel is always a pleasure”. An announcer then goes on to say that Camel is a cigarette brand preferred by most doctors. And you should smoke it too. Holy smoke, how much things have changed. As unaware of the dangers of smoking as people were in the 1950’s, we may be just about as much in the dark about today’s puffing craze: e-cigarettes.
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.
The Norcross city council has voted to rescind the citywide tobacco ban. CBS Atlanta reports that the ban was supposed to go into effect Monday. But the council voted unanimously to scrap the entire ordinance, which would have banned all tobacco use in the city.
Georgia’s tobacco acreage is expected to hold steady this year, thanks to a new buyer in the state and high demand in Asia. Tobacco acreage has been dropping for two decades. Experts expected fewer acres of the crop to be planted this year, but now estimates from the U.S. Agriculture Department project Georgia farmers will plant about 11,000 acres of tobacco, the same amount as last year.
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