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Tobacco Cessation Program

Tobacco Cessation Program

Tobacco Cessation Program

Our Approach

We offer an integrative approach to help tobacco users quit. This includes cigarette, cigar and hookah smokers, electronic-cigarette smokers, and spit tobacco users.  

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

Let us help you and the people you care about quit tobacco for life!

The public, patients, area businesses and the Augusta University community can participate.

Cessation clinic and classes:

  • Available to the general public 18 years of age or older
  • Access to the Augusta University Health System Pharmacy
  • Convenient with easy access and parking

3 Easy Steps

  • STEP 1- Make an appointment. Call 706-721-0456 

  • STEP 2- Clinic Visit and Health Assessment 
  • STEP 3- Cessation Class
    • Call 706-721-0456 to reach the cessation coach for a schedule of class dates and times.
    • Let us help you, and the people you care about quit smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes or stop chewing tobacco, for life.

Questions?

Email us: stoptobacco@augusta.edu 
Call for an appointment: 706-721-0456  

Cessation services are open to the public, patients and the Augusta University community.

Cessation classes are led by a trained cessation coach and are designed to meet your needs. By actively participating in the classes you will develop your quit plan and gain skills to cope with nicotine addiction and tobacco-use habits. The classes will help you achieve your quit goals and a healthier lifestyle.

Registration

After your initial visit and health assessment, a clinic staff member will register you for your class. Registration is required to attend the class.

Class Overview

  • Each class consists of a one-hour group session each week for four weeks
  • New cessation classes are offered every two weeks
  • Classes are tailored to the participants' needs and are led by trained cessation counselors
  • Convenient locations and hours convenient

At the Georgia Cancer Center's cessation program, electronic-cigarettes or e-cigarettes are not recommended as an alternative to conventional cigarettes nor as an aid to quitting. They contain toxic chemicals and metals including: propylene glycol, formaldehyde, cadmium, lead and nickel. The nicotine in electronic-cigarettes is especially harmful to the developing brain of youth. They pose a health risk to the brain of a  developing baby, so pregnant women should avoid electronic-cigarettes.

Other health consequences of e-cigarettes include: 

  • airway irritation 
  • asthma
  • impaired lung function

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 that are known to cause cancer.

Our cessation coaches make every effort to tailor our Tobacco Cessation Program to your needs and will assist you throughout your quitting process. You can take critical steps to get ready to quit. When you make a plan and enlist the support of family and friends, you increase your chances of quitting tobacco for life.

Electronic-cigarettes are not an evidence-based method for quitting smoking and reducing your dependence on nicotine. E-cigarettes also contain chemicals and heavy metals known to cause cancer and their long-term health effects are not fully understood. For these reasons, we do not recommend e-cigarettes nor use them in our cessation program.

Effects of Tobacco Use

Nearly every organ in the body is harmed by smoking and it is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death.1 About one-third or 30% of cancers could be prevented if people did not use tobacco products nor breathe secondhand smoke. At least 14 cancers are associated with tobacco use including:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia (Bone Marrow)
  • Bladder
  • Cervix
  • Colon and Rectum
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney and Ureter
  • Larynx (voice box)
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Oral cavity (mouth)
  • Pancreas
  • Pharynx (throat)
  • Stomach

Did you know...?

  • 8.6 million people in the USA currently suffer from illness caused by smoking
  • 90% of all lung cancers can be directly related to tobacco
  • There has been a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s due to cancer awareness and tobacco cessation
  • In addition to cancer, tobacco-use is a known risk factor lung disease, cardiac disease, and stroke.
  • According to the CDC, More than 16 million people living in the USA currently suffer from illnesses caused by smoking.
  • Smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. Learn more.
  • More than half of adult smokers, 68% or about 7 in 10, want to quit smoking. Learn more from the CDC
  • You can quit, we can help

Tips for Quitting

  • Set a quit date.
  • Get active! Incorporate exercise into your daily routine before you quit.
  • Start calculating how much money you’ll save with a tobacco-free life
  • Start drinking the suggested amount of water every day: 1/2 of your weight in ounces of water daily.
  • Being a non-tobacco user provides health insurance or benefits advantages; check with Human Resources.
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Miller, Devin T, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Kota, Vamsi, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Parikh, Jigarkumar, MBBS

Hematology/Oncology

Vinyard, Alicia Huff, DO

Surgery Oncology

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