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Tobacco Free Campus


On August 1, 2013, GRU became tobacco-free.   

All 31 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia became tobacco-free October 1, 2014.

The use of tobacco products of any kind, including electronic-cigarettes (e-cigs) is prohibited on all university properties, including academic, research and clinical buildings, parking lots, and green spaces. At GRU this includes satellite facilities such as our West Augusta practice site. The tobacco-free policy applies to employees, students, patients, visitors, and vendors.

Tobacco-Free is Everybody's Business - It's a Shared Responsibility

Have you passed someone smoking on campus but are unsure about what to say to them? Watch the video for ideas on how to approach the person. Get your ID badge-sized card with tobacco-free campus talking points from the Badge Offices on the Summerville and Health Sciences campuses.  


Thursday, November 19, 2015 5:30pm -6:30pm

Tools, tips, and resources designed to help smokers quit will be available at the Augusta Richmond County main library as part of the Great American Smokeout.

At the 2014 Great American Smokeout, The GRU Cancer CenterGeorgia Prevention Institute and the GRHealth Respiratory Care Program set up the Commit to Quit stations.

At the  stations over 100 speople pledged to quit or pledged to tell others about the GRU Cancer Center's cessation services. They gathered information about health consequences of tobacco use, and the GRU Cancer Center's Tobacco Cessation Services and the lung screening program. 



SMILE Video Campaign Competition

A campus-wide, creative, teaching and learning competition promoting “Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Matters In Learning Environments,” the SMILE Competition is a social media-based competition where GRU students and employees have a chance to develop an effective and creative way to stop others from using tobacco.

View Winners!


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