Not long ago, I went out in East Atlanta for the first time in . . . well, too long. When I first moved to Georgia in 2000, I spent a lot of my evenings there—more hours than I can reasonably recollect.
In 2005 Georgia enacted a smoking ban for restaurants and pubs that serve or employ people under age eighteen. At the time, a bartender at Manuel’s Tavern announced, “Don’t worry, we’re not banning cigarettes; we’re banning kids!”
Kids are illegally lighting up a lot in Georgia. Our state has the fifteenth highest rate of retailers breaking laws aimed at stopping the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to underage youths, according to a new federal study.
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