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GEORGIA SENATE BILL 375 - TOBACCO 21 LAW: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

GA T 21 SignRetail Signage: Download to print and to clearly display at tobacco products point(s) of sale.The North Georgia Health District wants you to be aware of the Tobacco 21 Law and what we all must do to comply with that law. We are providing you here with the information you need to comply the law and with beneficial resources.
 
The Georgia Senate Bill 375 - Tobacco 21 Law: What You Need to Know: This is a comprehensive guide that provides retailers with information on the law, exemptions, definitions of tobacco products, age verification, signage, penalties, enforcement, and resources. The Chronic Disease Prevention Managers can provide this guide to the retailers.
 

What is Senate Bill 375 (Tobacco 21 or T21)? As of July 22, 2020, the sell or barter, directly or indirectly, any cigarettes, tobacco products, tobacco related objects, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products to anyone under the age of 21 years is illegal in Georgia.

What are retailers required to do? Retailers are responsible for upholding the law. Compliance checks are conducted and enforced on a continuous basis to ensure retailers are following federal and state Tobacco 21 laws that prohibit the sale of all tobacco products. Failure to comply with the Tobacco 21 law will result in a misdemeanor.

  • Retailer must display Tobacco 21 signage in clearly visible locations
  • Use a state-issued driver’s license, military ID, and passport to verify individuals’ age
  • Train all staff on the following steps for every tobacco sale
    • Ask for valid ID from everyone attempting to purchase tobacco products
    • Check ID to make sure everyone is 21 years and older
    • Refuse to sell tobacco products to everyone under 21

Why public health needs retailers help? There has been an alarming increase in the use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes and flavored delivery systems among youth and young adults in our community. Almost 1 of every 5 high school students in Georgia are current tobacco users of cigarettes, hookah, cigars, smokeless tobacco, or electronic cigarettes (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2019). As a licensed tobacco retailer, you play an important role ensuring the success of reducing access and use of tobacco products by complying with the Tobacco 21 law.

What are free resources for quitting tobacco? Georgia residents 13 years and older who want to quit smoking, vaping, or using tobacco, can call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line.

  • 1-877-270-7867 (English)
  • 1-877-266-3863 (Spanish)
  • 1-877-777-6534 (Hearing Impaired)
  • Youth and young adults can enroll in This is Quitting by texting VAPEFREEGA to 88709 to quit

Let’s work together to keep our youth and young adults tobacco-free!

 
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Due to the potential for severe weather, the MAKO Medical COVID-19 Drive-thru Test sites in Dalton and Woodstock are CLOSED all day Friday, May 6, 2022.
 
All updates for the drive-thru test sites are posted here on the health district website and on our social media pages at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1.  

Hurricane Webinar - May 5 at 9 am EDT

Hurricane Webinar May 5, presented by National Hurricane CenterThis free one-hour event is geared toward 3rd through 8th grade students, and they’re perfect for classrooms and homeschool families.

The National Hurricane Center will be conducting a live webinar from the Hurricane Awareness Tour in New York City about hurricanes that will focus on the job of a meteorologist, the weather hazards that come with hurricanes, and how meteorologists get you the weather information you need before a storm. Participants will have the opportunity to ask forecasters questions. Registration is required.

Register at: https://hurricane2022.eventbrite.com

This event will take place on WebEx and live streamed on YouTube.
The webinar is hosted by the Inner Space Center project Hurricanes: Science and Society, located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.