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Tobacco Cessation Program

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Tobacco Cessation

Our cessation clinic and classes use evidence-based methods to help you and the people you care about live healthier lives without tobacco! 

Let us help you quit tobacco forever!

Georgia Cancer Center's Tobacco Cessation Program employs an integrative approach to help users quit all tobacco-related products, including cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, electronic cigarettes/vaping, and chewing tobacco.  

Georgia Cancer Center's Tobacco Cessation Program employs an integrative approach to help users quit all tobacco-related products, including cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, electronic cigarettes/vaping, and chewing tobacco.  

Our Approach

It's an unfortunate fact, nearly every organ in the body is harmed by smoking and tobacco. About one-third (or 30%) of cancers could be prevented if people did not use tobacco products or breathe secondhand smoke. For these reasons, we have created a tobacco cessation program where everyone is welcome to participate - from patients to the general public, from area businesses to our own Augusta University community - we are here to make your life a whole lot healthier!

Our cessation clinic and classes:

  • Are available to the general public, 18 years of age or older.
  • Have access to the Augusta University Health System pharmacy.
  • Are easy to get to, with convenient parking.

How to become a part of our program in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Call and make an appointment: 706-721-0456.
  2. Visit our clinic for your health assessment.
  3. Sign up for cessation class - call 706-721-0456 for a schedule of class dates and times.

What to Expect

Cessation classes are led by a trained counselors and are designed to meet each person's specific needs. By actively participating in the classes you will develop your "quit plan" and gain the skills needed to cope with nicotine addiction and tobacco-use habits. The classes will are designed to help you achieve your quit goals so you can lead a healthier lifestyle.

  • After your initial visit and health assessment, a clinic staff member will register you for your class. Registration is required to attend class.
  • New cessation classes are offered every two weeks.
  • Each class consists of a one hour group session each week, for four weeks.
  • We offer convenient locations and hours.

Our cessation program does not endorse use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or vaping) as an alternative to conventional cigarettes or as an aid to quitting other tobacco products. E-cigarettes/vaping are not evidence-based methods for quitting smoking or reducing dependence on nicotine. 

E-cigarettes do not emit "harmless water vapor". The secondhand aerosol contains nicotine, ultra-fine particles (that lodge deep into the lungs), and low levels of chemical and metal toxins (known to cause cancer); these include:

  • Propylene glycol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Nickel

Dangerous health effects on the young

The nicotine in e-cigarettes is especially harmful to the developing brains of young people.  Pregnant women must avoid e-cigarettes because it is also a significant health risk to a developing baby's brain. In addition, e-cigarettes and vaping can cause airway irritation, asthma, and impaired lung function.

While our cessation coaches make every effort to tailor the program to your needs, you should take the following steps to get yourself ready to quit:

  • Make a plan and enlist the support of family and friends - this will greatly increase your chances of quitting tobacco for life.
  • Set a quit date!
  • Get active! Incorporate exercise into your daily routine even before you quit.
  • Start calculating how much money you’ll save with a tobacco-free life!
  • Start drinking water every day. The suggested amount is 1/2 of your weight in ounces of water daily.
  • Check with your human resource department, being a non-tobacco user could get you health insurance/benefits advantages.
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