Breath Easy Education
You can now learn Tobacco-Free!
To promote the health and well-being of faculty, staff, and students, Ogeechee Technical College became a tobacco-free campus on April 4, 2011. The use of cigarettes or other tobacco products on any OTC Campus is strictly prohibited. This includes the surrounding edges of all campuses.
Tobacco dependence is our nation’s most preventable cause of death and disease, including cancer. If you would like to break the habit, many resources are available. More information about counseling services, self-help materials, and cessation programs to help smokers and tobacco users quit successfully can be viewed below.
Policy: OTC Tobacco-Free Policy
Tobacco Cessation Support Groups
Tobacco use is perhaps one of the most difficult habits to quit. Come and join the tobacco cessation support group to discuss your struggles, learn new coping strategies, and to share coping tips with your peers. All information will be confidential. Individual sessions are also available by appointment.
To sign-up for a session or make an appointment, please contact:
Director for Career Placement and Student Support Services
Health Benefit Plan Information for Employees
Employees who elect to quit utilizing tobacco products can have the tobacco surcharge removed if they complete all of the surcharge removal requirements through their health plan vendor (CIGNA or UnitedHealthcare). View the policy and form listed below for specific requirements. If you have any additional questions, contact Human Resources at 912.871.1801.
Georgia Quit Line — 1.877.270.STOP (7867)
The Georgia Quit Line provides free counseling, a resource library, and support and referral services for tobacco users ages 13 and older. Callers have the opportunity to speak with health care professionals who develop a unique plan for each individual.
A collection of cessation resources have been placed in the Student Resource Center (JEK Building, room 172). The pamphlets and handouts are free of charge and are available to all students and employees.
The Student Resource Center is open until 7pm, Monday through Thursday. If you have any questions about the resources available, please contact the Counseling Office at 912.486.7811.
American Cancer Society’s Stay Away from Tobacco Information
- Tobacco and Cancer
- Guide to Quitting Smoking
- Guide to Quitting Smokeless Tobacco
- Quitting Smoking — Help for Cravings and Tough Situations
- Helping A Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts
- Tobacco and Cancer Fact Sheet
Additional Web Resources
- Ex re-learn life without cigarettes
- American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking Online Program
- A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease
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