Mission: To reduce tobacco and other drug use and abuse across the lifespan through increased evidence-based, population focused services and programs.

In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths (about 480,000 early deaths each year) making it the leading cause of preventable death. Tobacco use is associated with illness and death related to heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, and fire.

Tobacco products are not only harmful for the user.  Through secondhand smoke, tobacco can cause poor health and injury to non-tobacco users.  Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by a smoker.  No amount of secondhand smoke is safe.  The Surgeon General has concluded cleaning the air and ventilating buildings cannot remove secondhand smoke.  The best way to limit secondhand smoke exposure is by creating no-smoking policies.

Policy Development

Cobb & Douglas Public Health provides education and support for any school or business interested in creating stronger smoking policies. Under the advisement of a public health educator, CDPH, will review the standing policy and strategically develop a 3-step plan to successfully transition into a smoke-free or tobacco-free workplace.

The 3-step plan includes:

  1. creating policy language
  2. forming a pre-adoption education campaign
  3. providing tobacco cessation resources.


Comprehensive smoking policies:

  • Reduce secondhand smoke exposure
  • Reduce smoking
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Increases productivity
  • Improves indoor air quality
  • Improves health
  • Improves quality of life
  • Increases revenue for business
  • Reduces risk of fire incident
  • Reduces cost associated with smoke damage, cleaning, and maintenance
  • Provide a supportive environment for people interested in quitting smoking

For more information on policy development or to request brochures and informational handouts on tobacco-use and secondhand smoke, please contact the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention section at 770-432-7937.

Additional Resources:
Model Policy for a Smokefree Workplace
Take the Georgia Department of Public Health Tobacco-Free Workplace pledge
Tobacco-free Places Signage