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"The immediate implications for our business are clear: if our consumers have fewer opportunities to enjoy our products, they will use them less frequently and the result will be an adverse impact on our bottom line. Even more important, accommodation / preemption laws shape the real-world environment in which our customers and their non-smoking friends and associates live every day. If smokers are banished to doorways and loading docks in front of buildings, it makes smokers feel like outcasts and gives encouragement to the antis. On the other hand, if we live in a society that accommodates smokers and non-smokers alike, it sends the message that smoking is a viable life-style choice and an adult's decision to use a legal product should be respected."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris (PM)

Georgia

Georgia's state law that restricts where smoking can occur went into effect July 1, 2005. The law prohibits smoking in some enclosed public places and workplaces. However, smoking is still allowed in restaurants and bars that do not admit or employ people under 18 years old. Read Georgia's state law.

For information about the law, the Georgia Department of Health Services or contact the America Lung Association of Georgia at (770) 434-5864.

You can also call the Georgia Department of Health Services at 1-877-343-3340, or in the Atlanta area: 404-657-3378.

Georgia law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Georgia.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

Georgia's 2017 Legislative Session: January 1, 2017 - April 6, 2018


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