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On Thursday, November 17, Augusta University and AU Health, our patients, families, students, and employees joined our Commit to Quit Stations to promote health and prevent diseases and about the benefits of quitting smoking and tips for taking those first steps, how to access cessation resources, and to sign-up for help with quitting.

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Georgia Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Health team is proud to partner with the American Cancer Society to encourage people to stop smoking for a lifetime by visiting one of our “Commit to Quit” stations. There has never been a more critical time to quit than during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as cases surge. A variety of tobacco stop-smoking aids and cessation resources will be available.

Those interested in quitting smoking or vaping can easily access the Georgia Cancer Center's Tobacco Cessation Program and services by calling (706) 721-0456 or emailing

Contact Us

Great American Smokeout

Maryclaire Regan

Community Program Coordinator


Christine O'Meara, MA, MPH

Community Outreach Coordinator


Commit To Quit

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at three Augusta University locations:, Medical Office Building main lobby - 1447 Harper Street; the lobby of the Georgia Cancer Center Outpatient Clinic - Laney Walker -1411 Laney-Walker Blvd.; and the main lobby of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. AU Respiratory Therapy students and the Georgia Cancer Center will provide information and resources to help people who use all forms of tobacco products or use e-cigarettes to quit.

Take the Pledge:
  • to quit smoking
  • to become a "quit buddy" for a friend or family member who smokes.
Find information about:
  • how smoking and vaping impacts COVID-19
  • the buzz behind e-cigarettes and tobacco use
  • proven strategies and helpful tips to quit smoking 
  • cessation resources and how to access them

Tobacco Cessation Program

Let us help you and the people you care about quit tobacco for life! We offer an integrative approach to help tobacco users quit successfully. This includes cigarette, cigar and hookah smokers, electronic-cigarette users, and spit tobacco users. Our cessation clinic and classes use proven, research-based/  evidence-based methods to help you and the people you care about live a healthier life without tobacco! Make your appointment today! The public, patients, area businesses and the Augusta University community can participate. Let us help you, and the people you care about quit smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes or stop chewing tobacco, for life.

Review the Tobacco Cessation Program informational brochure (PDF)

Augusta Smoke-Free Ordinance

On June 19, 2018, Augusta’s elected commissioners and the mayor took an important step for public health and the health of workers when they passed the Augusta-Richmond County Smokefree Ordinance. It includes all combustible tobacco products and electronic-cigarettes

The purpose of the ordinance is two-fold:

  1. To protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking and electronic-cigarettes in enclosed public and enclosed places of employment.
  2. To support the right of nonsmokers to breathe smokefree air and to recognize that the need to breathe smokefree air shall have priority over the desire to smoke in enclosed public places.


Commit To Quit Stations

  • Georgia Cancer Center Outpatient Clinic 1st floor lobby - 1411 Laney Walker Boulevard
  • AU Health Medical Office Building Lobby (First Floor) - 1447 Harper Street
  • Children's Hospital of Georgia Lobby (First Floor) - 1446 Harper Street

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Great American Smokeout offers chance to make a change for a healthier life

Breathe easy and stomp out smoking during the national Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21, because if you are a smoker, the statistics are scary.

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Take the pledge to toss tobacco during the Great American Smokeout

Augusta University has committed to help the community reduce the number of tobacco and e-cigarette users during the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

photo from article Breathe easy and stomp out smoking during national event

Breathe easy and stomp out smoking during national event

If you’re a smoker, the statistics are scary.