Health: Sen. Chuck Hufstetler on renewed bid to raise state cigarette taxes. Dr. Sathiyakumar joins Harbin Clinic Spine & Pain Management.

Health: Sen. Chuck Hufstetler on renewed bid to raise state cigarette taxes. Dr. Sathiyakumar joins Harbin Clinic Spine & Pain Management.

 

A story in Monday’s AJC about the American Cancer Society’s push for Georgia to raise its cigarette tax (among the lowest in the nation) included comments by state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, who advocated a similar push in 2015. Hufstetler joined us on Tuesday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to talk about how the millions raised by a change could be used to treat smoking-related illnesses that consume much of the state’s funds as is. Please click the above image to hear the 10-minute interview. Some highlights:

  • “It would raise a half-billion dollars” to help offset medical expenses and ease the state income tax burden.
  • “It causes 30 percent of all the cancers… It is the no. 1 cause of COPD.
  • “Georgia is third from the bottom in taxing (cigarettes).”

Dr. Asmitha Sathiyakumar joins Harbin Clinic Spine & Pain Management Rome. During her residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Asmitha Sathiyakumar says she came to regard teamwork as paramount among medical staff. “We had some pretty awful traumas come across the operating room during my residency, and in those serious life-or-death situations, the staff must work toward the same goal: getting this patient out alive,” she says. “There has to be that strong sense of camaraderie.”  That sentiment of teamwork rings true, she says, whether in the Emergency Room or the Exam Room. “Dr. Sathiyakumar has a very versatile skillset that makes her a tremendous asset to Harbin Clinic,” says Dr. Richard Donadio, a Spine and Pain physician who has been at Harbin for more than 20 years. “With her focus on head and neck injuries and her expert training in addressing pelvic pain in women, Dr. Sathiyakumar’s presence at Harbin Clinic only enhances the great care our patients receive. We’re very excited she’s joining us.” Expanded release

 

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