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When you are ready to quit smoking, call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line, a free and effective service that helps Georgians quit smoking and using tobacco products.

English:   1-877-270-STOP (877-270-7867)
Spanish:  1-877-2NO-FUME (877-266-3863)
Hearing Impaired:   1-877-777-6534

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is available everyday, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). It is a public health service funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health through the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program. GTUPP partners with a national tobacco cessation vendor to provide telephone and web-based counseling services in accordance with the United States Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline. 

For additional tips and resources, visit the GTQL page on DPH’s website.

What are the benefits of calling the tobacco quit line?

  • Receive FREE helpful quitting tips/techniques and support.
  • Eliminate barriers of traditional cessation classes such as waiting for a class to be held or having to drive to a location in order to be in a class.
  • Provide easy access for people who live in rural or remote areas. They can simply pick up the phone and call instead of having to drive long distances to attend a class.
  • Empower callers who may feel uncomfortable with seeking help in a group setting.

Evidenced-based Intervention

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line offers effective, evidence-based interventions to help Georgians quit smoking and using any other smokeless tobacco products (i.e., dip or snuff). For Georgians whose primary language may not be English, there are qualified interpreters available.

Eligibility

  • Professional assistance is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Any tobacco user 13 years or older living in Georgia.

Who Should Call the Quit Line?

  • Anyone can call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line; not only tobacco users. The general public, relatives, friends, as well as healthcare and public health professionals.

Health Improves Within 20 Minutes After Quitting

  • 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate drops.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months, after quitting heart attack risk begins to drop. Lung functions begins to improve.
  • 1 to 9 months, after quitting coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year after quitting, added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • Within 5 years, of quitting risk of cancer of the month, throat and bladder is cut in half.
  • 10 years, after quitting risk of dying from lung cancer drops by half.

Is Traffic Draining Employee Productivity at Your Workplace?

Telecommute Options

Corporate wellness programs aim to improve employee health and productivity… but are the lost time and added stress of a drive-alone commute draining away the benefits of these programs? Consider this infographic from Georgia Commute Options:

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Chilly temperatures, rain and possibly icy roads will no doubt contribute to heavy traffic congestion this week. Avoid the stress and try out a commute alternative!

State agencies can find out more about Georgia CommuteSmart here on the Georgia Department of Administrative Services‘ Human Resources Administration website.

 

DDS announces new online license reinstatement services

DDS

Georgia’s Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell recently announced a new online service for Georgia drivers needing to reinstate a driver’s license.  The new service enables customers to check their driving reinstatement eligibility, view, print or email a list of their specific reinstatement requirements, pay fees and reinstate driving privileges online – all without a physical visit or telephone call to DDS.

“A high priority has been to improve the license reinstatement process which is the most time consuming transaction for our DDS team members and customers,” Commissioner Mikell commented.  “Not only will this online service save time for many who need to reinstate a license, but it should directly impact our service levels at all customer service centers,” he added.

To access the new online reinstatement services, a customer must:

  • Have a Georgia driver’s license that is suspended, revoked or cancelled
  • Know their Georgia driver’s license number
  • Have (or create) a DDS online services account to access their personal suspension information

Each year DDS processes over 200,000 license reinstatements at customer service centers statewide.  The DDS customer contact center handles over six hundred thousand reinstatement calls annually.  Allowing reinstatement customers to handle their services online should directly improve the wait times at customer service centers statewide.

Many customers visit a customer service center to simply obtain a list of requirements needed to reinstate their driving privileges.  Once the requirements are fulfilled, customers would return to the DDS for reinstatement. The detailed information now available online includes personalized reinstatement information such as any citation number(s) and court information associated with the customer. The requirements may be printed or emailed for reference, and any fees may be immediately paid online.  In addition, automatic reinstatement of the driver’s privileges occurs when all requirements are met.

In certain situations, customers may automatically request that a new driver’s license or replacement license be directly mailed to them.  Those ineligible to request a replacement license online, may still pay all fees and reinstate driving privileges online.

To access the new reinstatement services, visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov or at https://online.dds.ga.gov/onlineservices/account/login.aspx .