Simmons Cancer Institute Offers “Freedom from Smoking” Program


 August 6,  2013

Simmons Cancer Institute Offers “Freedom from Smoking” Program


Smokers interested in quitting smoking may benefit from a new program at the Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. “Freedom from Smoking,” a program offered by the American Lung Association, uses individual techniques and group interaction to help people quit smoking. Group interaction is a critical part of the program.

According to the ALA’s website, 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 will attend eight scheduled classes from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 20 through October 1. 

Tuesday, September 10 is “Quit Day,” with an additional session to be held that same week on Thursday, September 12, said Kristi Lessen, SCI Outreach Coordinator and “Freedom from Smoking” facilitator.

Participants must attend every class. “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,” she said. 

Registration is $50 per person to cover program materials.  To register, call 217-545-7493 or register online at and click on the “Freedom from Smoking” link. The class is limited to 20 participants.

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU 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. Its website is

Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854

Cindy Davidsmeyer,
SCI, 217-545-3837


Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the citizens of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community.


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