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Higher Standards Ponce City Market

In Ponce City Market, a high-end smoke shop hedges its bets for weed legalization

Higher Standards is a high-end, NYC-based smoke shop that opened in Atlanta this spring. The move seems strategic as they establish themselves as the mature spot to score.

April 2014

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.

Will Atlanta ever enact a complete smoking ban?

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!”

E-cigarettes banned in NYC

Lawmakers in New York voted to expand the city's indoor smoking ban to include e-cigarettes. So now people can't use them in restaurant, bars, and workplaces. Michael Eriksen, dean of Georgia State University's School of Public Health, is all for it.

Help for Georgia smokers

Want to kick the habit? Using grant money from the CDC, the Georgia Department of Public Health is offering a free four-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy, while supplies last. The therapy is available as nicotine patches or gum.

Georgia State gets $19 million to study smoking

Georgia State University’s School of Public Health and its partners will receive $19 million over five years from the FDA and the National Institutes of Health to create one of fourteen Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science. It's the largest grant in the university's history.

Cigarette taxes stop drinking

Maybe raising the cigarette tax could do more than make people smoke less. It could also make people drink less. U.S. researchers looked at data from more than 21,000 drinkers and found that higher cigarette taxes translated to reduced drinking in certain groups of people—particularly male smokers.

Fewer Americans smoking

After several years holding steady, the smoking rate for adults in the U.S. finally took a dip, according to a new survey released this week by the CDC. The government agency isn't sure yet why.

Holidaze

The realization just came that I was ten when I smoked my first Marlboro. It hit me in the face like a frozen mackerel, because today my own daughter is the same age, and when I look at her I can’t fathom a cigarette on her lip.

Swoop, There She Is

My cats smell like tobacco again, which can only mean one thing: My sister Cheryl has come to visit.

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