Quitting Smoking

July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

Statewide, CA

Do you want to quit smoking? The American Lung Association in California provides tools that will help you fight your addiction to nicotine. Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to improve and lengthen your life.  Whether you’re an adult or a teenager addicted to cigarettes, the American Lung Association in California can help you quit! 


Freedom From Smoking®

FFSFreedom From Smoking® (FFS) is a seven-week clinic that takes you through the process of quitting smoking one step at a time. It offers a supportive environment and a proven method for quitting, based on the premise that smoking is a learned activity. A certified facilitator helps you understand why and when you smoke so you can learn to fight your addiction and quit for good.

Freedom From Smoking® addresses these key issues:

  • Managing stress
  • Nicotine withdrawal
  • Weight control
  • Long-term strategies for staying free from tobacco


Freedom From Smoking Online®

FFSonlineFreedom From Smoking (FFS) Online® is an online program that uses the same method as the seven-week clinic, with one difference: it lets you quit at your own pace by logging on to the program wherever and whenever you choose. FFS Online® uses a workbook with seven modules to guide you through the process – much like the seven-week clinic. A message board provides an online support group where you can share your struggles and successes, as well as get support from others who know what you are going through. Choose from the free FFS Online Basic or FFS Online Premium programs. 


Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Training

FFSFreedom From Smoking® Facilitator Training is a required course for those who intend to assist smokers who want to quit through the Freedom From Smoking® program. Participants are trained to lead our seven-week Freedom From Smoking® program, and those who successfully complete the two-day training will be certified by the American Lung Association.  

The training helps future facilitators understand the quitting process, as well as the concepts, philosophy, materials, and techniques that are used in the Freedom From Smoking® program.

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  

Click here to find a Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Training near you.

Quitter in You

Quitter in youQuitter in You is a smoking cessation campaign designed to help people quit smoking for good. Multiple quit attempts are normal, and there are necessary steps along the way to help you succeed. Whether it’s your second quit attempt or your seventh, we are here to provide every smoker the support they need to quit successfully.  

NOT on Tobacco

n-o-tEvery day, the tobacco industry targets youth with multi-million dollar advertising campaigns that glamorize smoking, resulting in more than 36,000 kids who start smoking every year in California. Not-On-Tobacco is a program designed to help 14 to 19 year old smokers end their addiction to nicotine. The American Lung Association in California offers facilitator trainings for those who want to be part of this program.   


To learn more about the harmful effects of smoking, click here  

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