The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® Program is offered at MetroHealth Medical Center, our satellite clinics, and at community centers such as libraries. This seven-week program provides the skills, tools, and support needed to successfully stop smoking. The classes are offered in English.
Freedom From Smoking provides the kind of motivation, encouragement and support needed to stop smoking for good. A quit-smoking counselor, trained by the American Lung Association, teaches you how to identify your addiction to nicotine and what it takes to overcome the cravings. Group sessions highlight how to keep from relapsing and effective relaxation and stress reduction techniques.
Classes are free and open to all adults age 18 years of age and older. Nicotine replacement products (NRT) such as patches, gum and lozenges are available for those who qualify. Class schedules vary by time and location. Call 216-778-7503 for more information about the program, or for current classes and registration.
Are You Ready To Quit?
- Do I want to quit smoking for myself? Y N
- Is quitting smoking a #1 priority for me? Y N
- Have I tried to quit smoking before? Y N
- Do I believe that smoking is dangerous to my health? Y N
- Am I committed to trying to quit even though it may be tough at first? Y N
- Are my family, friends and co-workers willing to help me quit smoking? Y N
- Besides health reasons, do I have other personal reasons for quitting smoking? Y N
- Will I be patient with myself if I backslide? Y N
Total number of YES answers: ____
If you answered Yes to 4 or more of these questions, you ARE ready to QUIT!
Other Quitting Resources
Tips for Quitting:
- Set a quit date and stick to it
- Get the support and understanding of your family, friends and co-workers
- Make changes before you quit: get rid of all tobacco products and ashtrays, avoid smoking in places where you spend a lot of time
- Review past attempts to quit, what worked and what did not
- Talk to your doctor about using nicotine replacement therapy (patch, gum, lozenge)
- Get support and encouragement ( MetroHealth can help)
- Be a support to someone who is quitting
- Learn how to handle the urge to smoke
- Reward yourself and remember the benefits you will enjoy as a non-smoker
• The National Cancer Institute has an internet program, www.smokefree.gov
• The American Lung Association has a free, quit-smoking internet program, www.ffsonline.org
• The Ohio Quit Line is available 24/7 to provide telephone counseling and free nicotine patches to those who qualify.
Call 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800 784-8669).
This program is funded by The MetroHealth Foundation and The Saint Luke's Foundation