CDC Says Smokers Are at Risk for Numerous Diseases

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Twenty percent of people living in the Peach State smoke, which translates to about 1.3 million Georgians.

Non-smoker Leah Barnard says she thinks smokers are aware of the health risks.

Says Barnard, "I think they are. They just want it that bad, I guess. It's expensive, I don't like the smell and I just never wanted to."

Data for 2011 suggests states will collect $25.3 billion in tobacco taxes and legal settlements.

The CDC says, on average, states will spend about two percent of that money on tobacco control programs.

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