2017 Freedom From Smoking (7 weeks/8 sessions)
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The Freedom From Smoking® group clinic includes eight sessions during a seven week period and features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group. Participants will meet for a second session during the 4th week of class; 48 hours after the fourth session. Class dates and locations will arrive via email once you've completed your registration.
Since it was first introduced almost 30 years ago, the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program has helped over a million Americans end their addiction to nicotine and begin new, smokefree lives. Freedom From Smoking® was ranked the most effective smoking cessation program in a study by Fordham University Graduate School of Business.
Freedom From Smoking® is based on the proven addiction and behavior change models. The program offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting. It has a positive focus, with an emphasis on the benefits of better health. Because no single cessation technique is effective for all smokers, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques.
Evaluation studies have shown that individuals who participate in Freedom From Smoking®:
- Experience immediate health benefits.
- Learn to address the physical, mental, and social aspects of their addiction.
- Are six times more likely to be smokefree one year later than those who quit on their own.
- When used in combination with smoking cessation medication, up to 60% of participants report having quit smoking by the end of the program.
Freedom From Smoking® has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers quit since it was introduced. Here's what a few of them had to say:
"I tried to stop smoking one hundred times. I'd quit for a month then start again. I'd quit for two months, then start again. I was a pack-and-a-half per day smoker. Then my son got married and had a son, and I didn't want my grandson to see this. Also, my health was going downhill and I got really scared." - Barbara
"The program was there when I was ready not to smoke. I had something to reach out for. Not to take away from the program's content or research but I just wanted to give [smoking] up. I went to the program every week. I enjoyed that there were people to talk and to listen to. I even went to follow-up meetings and tried to give back, to help at the hospital." – Steven, 58
"They gave me a quit date. I did everything they told me to do and I have never smoked again. They gave me the tools that showed me when I smoked and why I was smoking. It was like a miracle, truly like a miracle. I just kept going – and I'm still going." – Glady
"[Freedom From Smoking] saved my life. I am eternally grateful to the American Lung Association. They just work miracles, they really do. Kept me alive this many years. It was highly unlikely I was going to survive the winter and here I am, ten years later. And I am so grateful that I met my two great-granddaughters – they wouldn't have met me if I hadn't had found this program."- Glady
"What helped me quit was knowing that the minute I craved for a cigarette, I was prepared. Plus knowing how much I smoked by doing Pack Tracks was a pain in the butt, excuse me, but it really helped! The other big thing was the group support. I never felt alone when I was quitting. I tried everything to quit before - I wish I had gone through [Freedom From Smoking] sooner."- Cathy, 56