About Freedom From Smoking®
The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® (FFS) program is for adults who are ready to quit smoking. Because most people know that smoking is dangerous to their health, the program focuses almost exclusively on how to quit, not why to quit.
How the Program Works
The Freedom From Smoking® group clinic consists of eight sessions. It is delivered by a Lung Association-trained facilitator in a small-group setting (usually eight to 10 people), so participants receive personalized attention. At the same time, individuals benefit from the support of their peers, who are going through the same stages at the same time. The curriculum includes the latest research about nicotine replacement therapy (gum, inhalers, patches, lozenges and nasal spray) and other smoking cessation medications such as Zyban® and Chantix®.
Each clinic session uses techniques based on pharmacological and psychological principles and methods designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Because no single cessation technique is effective for all smokers, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques.
Participants can use the group clinic by itself or alongside the Freedom From Smoking® self-help manual, the Lung Association's Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNG-USA or 1-800-586-4872) and Freedom From Smoking® Online. Program materials are available in English and Spanish.
The Freedom From Smoking® self-help manual complements Freedom From Smoking® group clinic lessons. It provides smokers with additional reinforcement, motivation and information they need to quit. The workbook format get smokers involved as they customize the book for their own reasons and motivations to quit, thus making it more effective.
Click here for information about upcoming Freedom From Smoking® In-Person Group Clinics and Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator's Certification Courses.