Even after several bans on smoking such as in restaurants, pubs, beaches, schools, hospitals, clubs have been imposed still the ratio of people who quit smoking has not increased in the United States.
Therefore, a research project will be carried out on the prevalence of smoking and attitudes towards second-hand smoking in Fulton County will be carried out by the Georgia State University's School of Public Health.
The university will conduct surveys of public attitudes and behaviors related to smoking. It will also assess air quality in restaurants and bars; and provide technical assistance and strategic planning to county health officials.
The project is in conjunction with the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. The school will receive $485,000 for the first year of work on the three-year project.
Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of serious, fatal diseases such as cancer, heart disease and respiratory illnesses in the US. It has claimed more than 440,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.