Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is preparing to go smoke free. It's closing all smoking rooms as of Jan. 2.

The move comes after the city of Atlanta passed an ordinance banning smoking in public places including the airport, city-owned buildings and indoors at most bars and restaurants.

Paul Brown is the assistant general manager of commericial development with the airport. During a press conference Tuesday, he said there will be a transition period.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cigarette smoking hit an all-time low in 2018, but vaping is on the rise, particularly among teens.

About 16% of adults in Georgia smoke cigarettes, which is higher than the national average, according to the American Lung Association.  Around 8% of high school students here  smoke cigarettes, according to the state health department, but vaping rates – and related lung illness — are up across the board.


The city of Smyrna voted unanimously on Tuesday to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.


The ordinance, introduced by Councilman Tim Gould,  prohibits people under the age of 21 from buying or possessing tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.



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Georgia ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to funding programs to prevent kids from using tobacco, according to a recent report that looks at what states are doing with money from the 1998 tobacco settlement.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Georgia spend $106 million per year to prevent tobacco use among teenagers and help adults stop smoking, the state only uses about 1 percent of that, John Schachter with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids said.

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E-cigarettes hit the market not too long ago as an aid to quit smoking. The CDC reported in 2015 that more than 9 million American adults vape regularly. Juuls are the new trendy e-cigarette that have become very popular among teens. It's an USB size e-cigarette that uses "pods" for the source of nicotine. College and high school campuses are having issues with the amount of teenagers who are taking on this new nicotine fad.



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New research from Georgia State University finds the majority of smokers are looking to quit cigarettes. That’s especially difficult in a world that glorifies smoking through media, advertising, and regulatory language. The new study recommends we change the way regulators talk about smoking, and give less emphasis to the pleasurable aspects of the habit.


The city of Stockbridge has voted to ban smoking inside vehicles when children are present in a 3-2 vote during Monday night’s council meeting.

The trend towards banning smoking in vehicles where children are passengers is growing.  According to the Public Health Law Center there are eight states plus Puerto Rico that have such bans.  Georgia is not one of them.