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October 7, 2013

SCI Offers Freedom From Smoking Class in October


Smokers wishing to quit are invited to join a series of classes that offers group interaction and support at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. “Freedom from Smoking,” created by the American Lung Association, will be offered from 5-7 p.m. October 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 14, 19, 26 and December 3 at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter St. in Springfield.

Tuesday, November 12 is “Quit Day,” and an extra session will be held on Thursday, November 14, to provide additional support. Kristi Lessen, outreach coordinator for SCI, will lead the “Freedom from Smoking” classes.

Registration is $50 per person to cover program materials. Call 217-545-7493 or register online at and click on the Freedom from Smoking link. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

People who complete the seven-week program are eight times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own. The class uses individual techniques and group interaction to help people quit smoking. Attendance is required at all eight sessions of the course.

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

Cindy Davidsmeyer,
SCI, 217-545-3837

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854


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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