GSU to study attitudes about smoking in public

Do you give the side eye to people who light up in public?

Well, take note:

Georgia State University's School of Public Health is part of a research project that is looking at the prevalence of smoking and attitudes toward second-hand smoke in Fulton County.

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.

GSU will conduct surveys of public attitudes and behaviors related to smoking; assess air quality in restaurants and bars; and provide technical assistance and strategic planning to county health officials.

Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of serious, preventable disease in the U.S. Health consequences include cancer, heart disease and respiratory illnesses.