Did your state make the grade?
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding Smokefree Air Tobacco Taxes Access to Cessation Services Flavored Tobacco Products
F D F F F
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding F
Smokefree Air D
Tobacco Taxes F
Access to Cessation Services F
Flavored Tobacco Products F

The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Georgia's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:

  1. Support comprehensive smokefree laws that cover all bars, restaurants, and workplaces; and
  2. Oppose all forms of preemption of local tobacco control authority; and
  3. Support a tobacco tax increase of $1.54 per pack on cigarettes and equalize taxes on all other tobacco products including e-cigarettes.

Georgia Information

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Georgia Information

Learn more about your state specific legislation regarding efforts towards effective Tobacco Control.

Highlights Laws & Policies
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Overall Grade F
FY2022 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs:$750,000
FY2022 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$2,127,823*
FY2022 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$2,877,823
CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation:$106,000,000
Percentage of CDC Recommended Level:2.7%
State Tobacco-Related Revenue:$405,600,000

*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Overall Grade F
FY2022 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs:$750,000
FY2022 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$2,127,823*
FY2022 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$2,877,823
CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation:$106,000,000
Percentage of CDC Recommended Level:2.7%
State Tobacco-Related Revenue:$405,600,000

*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Smokefree Air

Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

Overall Grade D
Government Workplaces:Prohibited
Private Workplaces:Restricted
Schools:Prohibited
Childcare Facilities:Prohibited
Restaurants:Restricted
Bars:Restricted
Casinos/Gaming Establishments:N/A
Retail Stores:Restricted
Recreational/Cultural Facilities:Prohibited
E-Cigarettes Included:No
Penalties:Yes
Enforcement:Yes
Preemption/Local Opt-Out:No

Citation: GA. CODE ANN. §§ 31-12A-1 et seq. (2005).

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

Overall Grade D
Government Workplaces:Prohibited
Private Workplaces:Restricted
Schools:Prohibited
Childcare Facilities:Prohibited
Restaurants:Restricted
Bars:Restricted
Casinos/Gaming Establishments:N/A
Retail Stores:Restricted
Recreational/Cultural Facilities:Prohibited
E-Cigarettes Included:No
Penalties:Yes
Enforcement:Yes
Preemption/Local Opt-Out:No

Citation: GA. CODE ANN. §§ 31-12A-1 et seq. (2005).

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Tobacco Taxes

Tobacco Taxes

Overall Grade F
Cigarette Tax per pack of 20:$0.37
Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
Tax on Little Cigars:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
Tax on Large Cigars:Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
Tax on Smokeless Tobacco:Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco:Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
Tax on E-Cigarettes:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes

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Tobacco Taxes

Overall Grade F
Cigarette Tax per pack of 20:$0.37
Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
Tax on Little Cigars:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
Tax on Large Cigars:Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
Tax on Smokeless Tobacco:Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco:Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
Tax on E-Cigarettes:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes

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Thumbs down for Georgia for having the second lowest cigarette tax in the country at 37 cents per pack.

Access to Cessation Services

Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

Overall Grade F
State Medicaid Program:
Medications:Some medications are covered
Counseling:Some counseling is covered
Barriers to Coverage:Some barriers exist to access care
Medicaid Expansion:No
State Employee Health Plan(s):
Medications:All 7 medications are covered
Counseling:Some counseling is covered
Barriers to Coverage:Some barriers exist to access care
State Quitline:
Investment per Smoker:$0.62; the median investment per smoker is $2.41
Other Cessation Provisions:
Private Insurance Mandate:No provision
Tobacco Surcharge:State has a tobacco surcharge for Medicaid enrollees

Citation: See Georgia Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

Overall Grade F
State Medicaid Program:
Medications:Some medications are covered
Counseling:Some counseling is covered
Barriers to Coverage:Some barriers exist to access care
Medicaid Expansion:No
State Employee Health Plan(s):
Medications:All 7 medications are covered
Counseling:Some counseling is covered
Barriers to Coverage:Some barriers exist to access care
State Quitline:
Investment per Smoker:$0.62; the median investment per smoker is $2.41
Other Cessation Provisions:
Private Insurance Mandate:No provision
Tobacco Surcharge:State has a tobacco surcharge for Medicaid enrollees

Citation: See Georgia Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Flavored Tobacco Products

Overall Grade F
Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products: No state law or regulation

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Overall Grade F
Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products: No state law or regulation

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