Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • D

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • F

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Flavored Tobacco Products


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. Increase state funding to $5 million for tobacco control programs;
2. Pursue a tobacco tax increase of $1.50 per pack on cigarettes and equalize taxes on all other tobacco products including e-cigarettes to the cigarette tax; and
3. Support comprehensive smokefree laws that cover all bars, restaurants, and workplaces.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $750,000
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,043,852*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,793,852
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $106,000,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 2.6%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $395,400,000

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

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F

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

  • 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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D

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • 37 cents
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 Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

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: Minimal barriers exist to access care

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $0.97; the median investment per smoker is $2.28

Other Cessation Provisions:

  • Private Insurance Mandate: No provision
  • Tobacco Surcharge: State has a tobacco surcharge for Medicaid enrollees

Citation: See Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

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