AU Health hosts event to extinguish lung cancer
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - Georgia Cancer Center is inviting members of the community to "commit to quit," with information stations open across the AU Health Sciences campus. This is part of a national effort called "Great American Smokeout," a campaign aimed at educating smokers about the benefits of smoking cessation.
From 11am to 1pm Thursday, people may stop by one of three locations to learn more about smoking cessation, and how to help a loved one quit smoking.
The stations are located in the Children's Hospital lobby and the medical office building lobby, both located on Harper St.; and the outpatient clinic of Georgia Cancer Center at 1411 Laney Walker Blvd.
Augusta University's Georgia Cancer Center says lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in men and women. According to research by the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society, tobacco use causes 90% of all lung cancer deaths.
CDC says although there has been a decrease in the number of tobacco users in the US since 2011, adolescents who use pod-style e-cigarettes have higher levels of nicotine in their bodies than adolescents who use traditional cigarettes. Nicotine is "toxic for developing brains," according to a statement from AU Health.
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