Georgia Ranks Low in Funding

Georgia ranks 48th in the nation in funding programs to protect kids from tobacco according to a national report released by a coalition of public health organizations.

Georgia currently spends $2.2 million annually on tobacco prevention programs which is 5.3 percent of the minimum amount of $42.6 million recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tobacco companies spend more than $444 million a year on marketing in Georgia.

Georgia will collect $405 million from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes.