Freedom From Smoking in CO

Upcoming Group Session Dates

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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 cigarettes2 even though 74% of adult smokers in the U.S. report that they want to quit.3
  • Create a customized Freedom From Smoking program for your organization (see below)!

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 Services

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

Freedom From Smoking® Clinic

Eight sessions are delivered in a small group setting over a 7-week period to give participants personalized attention and the support of their peers. Lectures, group discussion and skills practice focusing on a variety of evidence-based cessation practices meet the needs of different learning styles. The American Lung Association can provide a Freedom From Smoking facilitator or train someone in your organization to run the program.

Program materials are available in both English and Spanish.

Freedom From Smoking® Online

www.ffsonline.org

This self-paced online program is ideal for off-site employees or smokers who prefer this method of learning.

  • Offers 24-hour access to learning modules and message boards
  • Monitored by a Freedom From Smoking Master Trainer with many years of experience helping people quit smoking
  • Biweekly motivational messages address specific events and periods of time that may challenge people who are trying to quit
  • Usability reports let you track how participants are using the program
  • Offer as a custom portal co-branded to your organization or provide access to the existing site

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For more information on Freedom From Smoking® in Colorado, contact ddraper@lungcolorado.org or (303) 847-0285


Freedom from Smoking® group program at the American Lung Association in Colorado starts January 22nd. Click HERE to view the flyer!