Freedom From Smoking

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Why offer a smoking cessation program?

  • Cigarette smoking costs the economy over $193 billion in annual healthcare costs and lost productivity
  • Employers can save an estimated $3,400 per year for every individual who quits smoking.
  • About 46 million people (21% of the U.S. population) smoke cigarettes even though 74% of adult smokers in the U.S. report that they want to quit.

Why choose Freedom From Smoking®?

  • Unmatched flexibility
    • No other program offers in-person clinics, online and phone options, and self-help interventions and lets you tailor a program to the unique needs of your organization.
  • A history of helping people quit
    • The program comes from the American Lung Association — the leader in lung health. For the past 30 years, Freedom From Smoking® has been the clear choice for employers, hospitals and health plans.
  • A systematic approach to quitting
    • By helping smokers develop a plan of action leading to quit day and providing the support they need to remain smokefree, the program maximizes chances of success.
  • A scientific behavior-based methodology
    • Based on the latest addiction and behavior change models, the program addresses the difficulties of quitting with a sensitive, supportive style.
  • Current practice standards of leading health organizations -
    • Conforms to the smoking cessation counseling or advice core measure of the Joint Commission
    • Clinic program meets criteria for intensive tobacco cessation counseling covered by the latest Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services’ (CMS) decision
    • Includes all components of an intensive intervention as outlined by the United States Department of Health and Human Service
  • Proven results
    • Ranked most effective smoking cessation program in a study of 100 managed care organizations conducted by Fordham University Graduate School of Business
    • Generates higher quit rates than for people who try to quit on their own; 25% of participants report not smoking one year after the program ends, while only 5% of people who quit cold turkey remain  non-smokers after one year
    • When the program is used in combination with smoking cessation medications, up to 60% of participants report having quit by the end  of the program

Become a Freedom From Smoking Facilitator®

Learn how to help adult smokers quit and reduce healthcare costs, by attending a Freedom From Smoking (FFS)® Facilitator Certification Workshop are often being offered throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

FFS has been a proven and effective program offered by the American Lung Association for over 30 years.  Evidence based and adhering to best practice guidelines, FFS continues to be the gold standard of smoking cessation programs. Certification is valid for three years.

  • At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
    • Identify the characteristics of effective group leadership
    • Facilitate each Freedom From Smoking module
    • Implement a variety of problem solving techniques, and
    • Define key levels of communication skills  


For more information on Freedom From Smoking  please contact:

Tiffany Belser
Lung Health Manager
tbelser@lungmtpacific.org