Get Ready to Quit
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 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)
- Colon and Rectum
- Kidney and Ureter
- Larynx (voice box)
- Oral cavity (mouth)
- Pharynx (throat)
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
Hear what others have to say...
A collection of interviews with real people impacted by secondhand smoke exposure in their jobs.
Source: Breathe Easy Augusta