Approximately 44 million Americans, representing 19% of the adult population smoke, and about half are expected to die from their addiction. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the United States, despite a significant decline in the number of people who smoke. Second hand smoke is proving to be equally as damaging as being the individual smoking—causing stroke, lung cancer, coronary heart disease and worsening asthma. Comprehensive smoke-free policies are effective in reducing non-smokers level of exposure to secondhand smoke. CDC considers a smoke-free law to be comprehensive if it prohibits smoking in all indoor areas of private workplaces, restaurants, and bars, with no exceptions.

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Ways you can advocate for tobacco free environments…

Promote Smoking Cessation Programs and Resources

Support and/or initiate campaigns that advocate for a comprehensive smoke free law in Georgia

Resources

Parent Tips for Talking with Teens about E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes and youth factsheet

Toolkit: Prevent Tobacco Use

Factsheet: Tobacco-Georgia

Youth Tobacco Prevention