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Tobacco use down in Georgia

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Tobacco use across the Peach state is down.

That's according to a report from the Georgia Department of Public health.

The report says rates are falling steadily and significantly among youth and adults.

The Georgia Public Health Department says the new smoke-free policies on campuses and events are making a difference.

The South Georgia Cancer coalition is working to get Terrell County to adopt the policies.

The concern now is the popularity of e-cigarettes and Black-N-Milds. While they're FDA approved, the chemicals they're made with are not listed on the packaging.

"There's not a standard. This is in each e-cigarette, so it varies what type of chemicals that's in there with the nicotine, so you're right, we don't exactly know what your 're smoking," said Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins.

Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in Georgia annually.

Tobacco-related illness costs more than $5 billion in healthcare and lost wages.

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