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Emory's tobacco-free policy prohibits vaping; help available to quit smoking

Emory became a tobacco-free campus in 2012 to support the health and wellbeing of faculty, staff, students and patients. Emory’s tobacco-free policy prohibits smoking, which includes e-cigarettes and vaping.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco products. Learn more.

Quitting is hard for many, but with pre-planning and support, it is achievable. The following steps have been shown to help people have success in quitting:

1. Make a specific plan to quit: preparation is key.
2. Manage your cravings and understand your triggers.
3. Ask for support from family, friends, co-workers and other important people in your life.

“Emory offers support, resources and tools to help those who want to give up tobacco, from webinars and counseling to free medications,” says Michael Staufacker, director of health management.

“It’s never too late to quit,” adds Staufacker. “Quitting now will improve your health and reduce your risk of many smoking-related illnesses. That’s why Emory continues to offer programs to help people who want to give up smoking.”

Emory offers a variety of free resources for employees and their spouses who want to quit tobacco. The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health also offers important resources for tobacco cessation.

Students interested in tobacco cessation should reach out to Willie Bannister, LPC, associate director, substance abuse risk reduction, at or by calling 404-727-0395.

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