Community Resources

 Tips from Former Smokers: Real stories provided by the Centers for Disease Control

The individuals on this site are participating in the Tips From Former Smokers Campaign. All of them have been affected by cigarette smoke. Some are former smokers and some have never smoked. Almost all of them are living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. These diseases and disabilities changed the quality of their lives — some dramatically — including how they eat, dress and do daily tasks. Some had to give up activities they once loved to do. They speak from experience and agreed to share their stories with you, to send a single, powerful message: Quit smoking now. Or better yet — don't ever start.

Additional Helpful Links:

American Cancer Society (ACS)
A national nonprofit expert in tobacco information that provides research, funding and online training.  This organization sponsors community events and has local chapters throughout the U.S.

American College Health Foundation (ACHF)
A member-based organization, this association of American colleges aims to support the

field of college health through advocacy, education, and research. The ACHF offers continuing education webinars, an ACHA-National College Health Assessment tool, and funding opportunities to ACHA individual and institutional members.

American Lung Association (ALA)
A national organization that focuses on education, advocacy, and research.  Its mission is to provide education to prevent lung disease and improve lung health.

Americans for NonSmokers' Rights
A national organization that lobbies for nonsmokers’ rights for protection from secondhand smoke.  Works to change policies to benefit all nonsmokers.

BreathEasy Coalition
A coalition of community partners aimed at reducing secondhand smoke exposure by making workplaces smoke-free environments.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Kick Butts
A campaign designed to help prevent smoking in children and aid with cessation among smokers.  Their goal is to reduce tobacco-related deaths by lowering tobacco use.

Georgia Cancer Coalition
Gateway to three cancer information enterprises: For timely and reliable information on promising new treatments, oncology practices, cancer treatment centers and more. For quick access to Georgia's six community cancer coalitions and for information on how Georgia is strengthening cancer care. To learn more about how university-based scientists are conducting groundbreaking research into a variety of cancer types.

Georgia Department of Public Health
Statewide public health agency that provides programs designed to promote health and prevent disease related to tobacco use. The Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program (GTUPP) has a mission to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related disparities in Georgia. The DPH also provides adult tobacco use surveillance to help guide tobacco-related prevention and cessation priorities.

Healthy Carolina
The University of South Carolina's healthy campus 2020 initiative includes Tobacco-Free USC which offers policy communication samples, access to the USC Tobacco Free Campus Policy, an on-line mechanism for reporting "Hot Spots" or areas of consistent tobacco-free campus violations, and enforcement suggestions. 

Tobacco Free Colleges
Designed to aid colleges and universities in adopting tobacco-free campuses this initiative, funded in part by the NC Division of Public Health, offers practical resources,  fact sheets on tobacco use, policy examples, and how-to documents including an Implementation Checklist & Timeline and a Communications Checklist.

Truth Initiative
The foundation leads the way in intervention research to reduce tobacco use and to promote tobacco cessation. It offers quick facts about the health and financial consequences of smoking, lists web and mobile smoking cessation interventions and houses a tobacco documents library.

Great American Smoke Out:

Telephone Support

Georgia Tobacco Quit Line
A toll-free, confidential quit line that offers counseling support for smokers interested in quitting.
1-877-270-STOP (7867)


Social Media

A free quit smoking program designed using research by experts at the Mayo Clinic.   This program focuses on how to quit, actively quitting, and staying smoke free.
Managed by the National Cancer Institute, Smoke Free Teen is a site that helps teens quit smoking by providing information and helping teens understand how to apply that knowledge to their own lives and their decision to quit smoking.

Quitter in You
Tools to quit smoking or to help someone quit. Program of the American Lung Association and WellPoint, Inc.                 

Smartphone Apps

QuitPal iconNCI QuitPalThis free smart phone app involves setting a quit date, tracking habits, tips and motivation for quitting, noting milestones, creating a video diary, and tracks dollars saved. 


Quit Now iconQuit Now!

This free smart phone app helps aid individuals with quitting smoking by tracking progress, creating a personal profile, offering tips/tricks, and allowing them to chat with other quitters.


 Text Services
A texting service that sends texts and emails to support the quitting process.


Medications and Nicotine
Replacement Therapy
(approximate costs, 2014)


Patch ($18-50)    
Gum ($25-70)    
Lozenges ($30-60)

Inhalers ($5-47)


Bupropion (Zyban), 30 day supply ($80-100)

Varenicline (Chantix), 30 day supply ($50-100)