Georgia Fails Tobacco Report

Georgia received mostly failing grades in the
American Lung Association's annual report on tobacco control.

The group says Georgia's Medicaid program does not cover tobacco
cessation programs. Georgia also spends less than the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention recommends on programs to help
smokers quit.

Additionally, Georgia's cigarette tax - 37 cents a pack - trails
the national average. The lung association and other health
organizations are pushing for a $1-per-pack increase on cigarette
taxes this legislative session.

June Deen, director of advocacy for the American Lung
Association in Georgia, said Tuesday the state is not doing enough
to protect its citizens from the latest cause of preventible death
- tobacco.


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