American Lung Association Unveils Freedom From Smoking Plus—New Online, Comprehensive Quit Smoking Program
Hundreds of thousands smokers have already quit with Lung Association; new interactive, online Freedom From Smoking Plus more accessible than ever
(September 27, 2016) - CHICAGO
There are now more former smokers in the United States than current smokers, and many of them have the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program to thank. In an effort to continue to provide the most comprehensive smoking cessation program, the organization announced today that the proven-effective program is now available through a new highly-interactive online format that guides smokers through creating a customized quit plan and offers access to a variety of support.
The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® helps each person create a custom quit smoking plan in a format that works best for their learning style:
- Online: Freedom From Smoking® Plus, a new self-paced online program in a highly engaging and interactive format that allows users to create a quit plan, track their progress and engage with other quitters online. This innovative and best-in-class cessation program is unlike any other available.
- In-person clinics: Small group settings offer personalized attention and peer support, and includes guidance from a trained facilitator, group discussion and skills practice to address a range of learning styles.
- Self-help: Freedom From Smoking: The Guide to Help You Quit Smoking is an interactive self-guided manual incorporates the latest research in addiction and behavior change, and helps users tackle the difficulties of quitting with real-life tactics.
Freedom From Smoking also allows participants to access support by calling a certified tobacco cessation expert or registered nurse through the American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine—1-800-LUNGUSA—or chat to other quitters through the Quit Now: Freedom From Smoking online community.
"I've quit so many things, and quitting smoking is the hardest," said Pamala Dame, former smoker and Freedom From Smoking graduate. George Garcia remembers that he "tried everything and still had so many cravings. Freedom From Smoking helped, and I've been smokefree since 2007."
"Quitting smoking is one of the best things anyone can do for their health, and although those first steps can be hard, finding your path to a smokefree life is easier with the right help," said Bill Blatt, National Director of Tobacco Programs at the American Lung Association. "The Freedom From Smoking program, whether you choose our new Freedom From Smoking Plus option, in-person clinics, telephone support, or self-help guide, is a proven way to quit smoking—and stay quit—even if you've tried before. We know every smoker can quit for good, and these new options support you along the way however you're most comfortable."
Learn more about Freedom From Smoking and Freedom From Smoking Plus at freedomfromsmoking.org and read more stories of Americans who quit for good with the support of the American Lung Association and who now celebrate #TheDayIQuit.
For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health and tobacco use or Freedom From Smoking or a former smoker, contact Allison MacMunn at the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.