Georgia received mostly failing grades in the American Lung Association's annual report on tobacco control.
The group says Georgia's Medicaid program does not cover tobacco cessation programs. Georgia also spends less than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends on programs to help smokers quit.
Additionally, Georgia's cigarette tax -- 37 cents a pack -- trails the national average. The lung association and other health organizations are pushing for a $1-per-pack increase on cigarette taxes this legislative session.
June Deen, director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in Georgia, said Tuesday the state is not doing enough to protect its citizens from the latest cause of preventible death -- tobacco.
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