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Risk Factors for Cancer: Tobacco

Smoking cigarettes results in approximately 1 out of every 5 deaths in the U.S., each year. If you or someone you know smokes cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, chews tobacco, or breathes secondhand smoke, the chances of getting cancer are higher. At least fourteen cancers are linked to tobacco use and include:

  • 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  

Quitting smoking or chewing spit tobacco is one of the most important choices a person can make to reduce their chances of getting cancer as well as other lung diseases, heart disease or stroke.

Cessation Services

Georgia Cancer Center's Tobacco Cessation Program is evidence-based and tailored to the smoker's, e-cigarette user's or spit tobacco user's needs.

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

  • Step 1- Schedule an appointment. Please call 706-721-0456.
  • Step 2- Clinic visit and health assessment with a physician or Nurse Practitioner.
    • Wednesday and Thursday afternoons
    • Cancer Center Outpatient Clinic
      1411 Laney Walker Blvd., Augusta, GA 30912
      Curved red brick building at the corner of R.A. Dent Blvd. and Laney Walker Blvd. - Augusta University Campus Entrance #9
  • Step 3- Attend group cessation classes with a trained quit coach.
    • 4 weeks
    • one-hour 
    • Location - Augusta University Health Sciences Campus

Tobacco Cessation Program


Quit Smoking Tips from Former Smokers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a variety of resources to help you, including real stories from people who have successfully quit smoking. View videos about others'' experiences. Learn more about nicotine dependence and the benefits of quitting at the CDC's Smoking & Tobacco Use web site.

Elecronic-Cigarettes, Not a Safe Alternative
Electronic-cigarettes or e-cigs (vapes) carry health risks, are not a proven evidence-based alternative to quitting smoking, and are not recommended. E-cigarettes come in many forms and are battery operated nicotine delivery devices or systems. In addition to nicotine, a highly toxic and addictive drug, e-cigarettes contain formaldehyde, propylene glycol, glicerine, nano particles including heavy metals (cadmium, lead, and nickel), and flavorings.

The secondhand aerosol from electronic-cigarettes is not harmless water vapor. It contains the same chemicals that the e-cig smoker inhales. To promote health we recommend that non-smokers, including children, avoid the second-hand aerosol (vapor) from electronic-cigarettes.

Our cessation specialists do not recommend e-cigarettes as a replacement to conventional cigarettes or as a cessation aide. Instead we recommend quitting smoking tobacco products, including quitting e-cigsn or quitting spit tobacco using proven techniques that combine: 

  • a planned approach to quitting
  • medication, if needed
  • the aid of a cessation counselor  

Our approach is tailored to your unique needs. Call 706-721-0456 for a cessation appointment and quit tobacco for life!

Prevent Tobacco Use

The adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" applies to tobacco in its many forms. Helping prevent youth smoking or chewing tobacco, including e-cigarettes, hookah, and cigars to begin with is an essential first step to promote community health and reduce the chances of getting cancer. Communities and organizations throughout the CSRA, the U.S. and world-wide actively engage and inform youth and young adults about the health consequences of cigarettes, cigars and spit tobacco. Get the facts. Learn more about ways to get involved:

  • Kick Butts Day- 3rd Wednesday in March - organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • World No Tobacco Day- celebrated annually May 31 - a Tobacco Free Initiative of the World Health Organization 
  • Great American SmokeOut (GASO) - 3rd Thursday in November
  • Tobacco-Free Kids

Promoting Smoke-Free Communities & Workplaces

Secondhand smoke exposure at home or in the workplace contributes to cancer as well as respiratory diseases, ear infections, asthma, heart disease and stroke in non-smokers. To address this, we are witnessing a growing trend among communities, businesses and universities throughout the country and the state of Georgia going tobacco-free and smoke-free.

On October 1, 2014 the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia implemented a tobacco and smoke-free policy for all 31 of its campuses statewide. Many cities are actively protecting the health of their residents and workforce with tobacco-free and smoke-free workplace requirements. In April 2014, New Orleans became smoke-free joining other major cities in the south like Savannah and Chatham County in Georgia. Augusta/Richmond County also has an opportunity to promote the health of workers and patrons when a smoke-free ordinance is considered for a vote in the near future. 

On June 19, 2018, Augusta-Richmond County joined a growing number of cities throughout the country when it adopted a Smokefree Ordinance. This is an important opportunity to promote the health of workers and of patrons. Learn more about the Augusta Smokefree Ordinance that goes into effect on January 1, 2019. For more information, visit our GASO web page or the Breatheasy Augusta web site.