July 28, 2014
Simmons Cancer Institute Offers “Freedom From Smoking” Program
Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield is again offering an American Lung Association program, “Freedom From Smoking,” designed to help smokers break the nicotine habit.
Participants will attend eight scheduled classes at noon on Tuesdays, August 12 through September 23. “Quit Day” is September 2 with an additional meeting that week at noon on Thursday, September 4. Kristi Lessen, SCI Outreach Coordinator and “Freedom From Smoking” program leader will lead the class.
According to the ALA, people who use the “Freedom From Smoking” program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.
Participants must attend every class. Class size is limited to 10 individuals. “The classes provide a group setting to work through the quitting process. Research shows that the more time a smoker spends in a supportive situation, the more likely they will achieve the goal to quit smoking,” Lessen said.
Registration is $50 per person to cover program materials. To register, call 217-545-7493 or register on line at http://www.siumed.edu/cancer/ and click on the “Freedom From Smoking” link. The class is limited to 10 participants.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU (www.siumed.edu/cancer) is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service.