If you are an adult smoker, you know how difficult it can be to quit the habit. Smoking is addictive, after all, but there are many sources to help those who are ready to quit but just need a little support. One major resource is the American Lung Association (ALA) and its various programs, which can be accessed throughout the United States and some from almost anywhere in the world.
Help is Just a Phone Call Away
For immediate help, ALA offers its Lung HelpLine. Simply dial 1-800-LUNG-USA and choose option No. 2 to speak with a healthcare professional at ALA. These trained tobacco cessation specialists are available to help you successfully end your tobacco use.
Help is Just a Click Away
While ALA offers clinics to help smokers quit the habit in some areas of the country, it also offers a program that can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection: Freedom from Smoking® Online. The web-based program is an adaption of the ALA’s gold standard, group clinic. It was developed for adult smokers who are ready to quit and can be logged into 24/7 from the comfort of your own home. You can even chat with others just like you who are trying to quit smoking.
The Freedom from Smoking program has helped more than a million Americans walk away from their addiction to cigarettes. Led by trained facilitators, the program includes eight sessions where techniques are introduced, activities are coordinated, motivation is given and group interaction is encouraged.
Each module contains several lessons, valuable information and an assignment that must be completed before moving on. Don’t worry; this isn’t high school all over again. Lessons simply reinforce your commitment to quit. Because you already know the dangers of smoking, the program focuses on how to quit, not why. It puts a positive spin on lessons, with emphasis on the benefits of better health.
The methods used in each module have been thoroughly researched and tested. Techniques are based on pharmacological and psychological principles designed to help you control your behavior and habits. Because no two smokers react the same, a variety of proven practices are used.
Up-to-Date Information at Your Fingertips
Because information, technology and knowledge change with the times, the Freedom from Smoking information is regularly reviewed and updated. The current program includes information based on the latest research regarding nicotine replacement therapy, including gums, inhalers, patches, lozenges and nasal spray. It even navigates medications such as Zyban® and Chantix®.
Are You Ready to Quit? Those who participate in Freedom from Smoking often:
- Experience immediate health benefits
- Learn to address their addiction
- Are six times more likely to be smoke-free in one year than those who try quitting on their own