SCI ‘Freedom From Smoking’ Classes Now Offered to Businesses


January 15, 2014

SCI ‘Freedom From Smoking’ Classes Now Offered to Businesses

Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield will offer smoking cessation courses to area businesses at their locations by appointment starting in March. Group rates are available.

The on-site option for businesses is a new expansion of the popular “Freedom from Smoking” classes, which offer group interaction and support to quit smoking. SCI has offered the seven-week course periodically during the past year at the Cancer Institute. The program was created by the American Lung Association.

The upcoming class to be held at the Cancer Institute begins Monday, January 27. Registration for the class is $50 to cover course materials. Other class dates are February 3, 10, 17, 19, 24 and March 3 and 10. All classes will be held from 5-7 p.m. at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter St. in Springfield. More information is available by calling Kristi Lessen at 217-545-7493.

“Smokers are not required to stop smoking prior to the start of the class,” Lessen said. “February 17 is designated ‘Quit Day.’ Two sessions are held during that week to provide extra support for quitting.”

She added that one of the sessions is dedicated to medications that help with smoking cessation. “Our registered pharmacist is on-hand to discuss the benefits of the medications and answer any questions that participants may have.”

Register by calling 217-545-7493 or 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

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854

Cindy Davidsmeyer,
SCI, 217-545-3837


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Springfield, IL 62794-9620
The mission of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is to assist the people 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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