Georgia Regents University observed the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout campaign Thursday with “commit to quit” stations to encourage students, staff and community members to kick the tobacco habit.
Students and research assistants manned tables on both campuses. They offered information on the school’s tobacco cessation programs, along with information on lung screenings and the negative health effects of using electronic cigarettes.
Joshua Nguyen and Michael Colpoys, research assistants for the Georgia Prevention Institute, manned the information table in the student center on the health sciences campus. Both considered raising awareness of smoking and its possible health risks an important part of their work for the university.
“We do have a cancer center here, and smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer,” Colpoys said. “Almost 11,000 people die a year due to the effects of smoking or second-hand smoke in Georgia. This is vital information for people to know.”
Smokers can get information about the cancer center’s cessation services at gru.edu/cancer/tobaccofree. The cancer center also offers a free lung cancer screening to qualifying long-term smokers. For more information, visit gru.edu/cancer/lung-screening.