Freedom from Smoking Program
A hour a week, one step closer to freedom from smoking.
American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program welcomes anyone who is ready to quit smoking.
Freedom From Smoking® program is free and offered throughout the year. This 8-week program will teach you a variety of techniques and tips for successfully quit smoking. Each session offers tools and resources, which will assist you in quitting and staying smoke free.
All classes are presented by Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County.
- Thinking About Quitting
- Wanting To Quit
- Quit Day
- On the Road to Freedom
- Winning Strategies
- Staying Off
- The New You
Lower Your Risk Factors
Quit smoking and lower your risk factors for:
- Heart disease
- Chronic lung disease
- Gum disease
Freedom From Smoking Classes
View upcoming classes in :
- Waynesboro - Classes are now forming! For more details, please call (717) 264-1470
For additional information about classes, please call Healthy Communities Partnership at (717) 264-1470.
- Set a quit date.
- Change your environment. Get rid of ALL cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and place of work. Don't let people smoke in your home.
- Review your past attempts to quit. Think about what worked and what didn't.
- Once you quit, don't smoke.
Get Support & Encouragement
- Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are going to quit and want their support. Ask them not to smoke around you and put their cigarettes out of site.
- Talk to your health care provider (doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, psychologist)
- Get individual, group, or telephone counseling (PA free quitline - 1-800-QUITNOW)
Learn New Skills and Behaviors
- Try to distract yourself from urges to smoke. Talk to someone, go for a walk, or get busy with a task.
- Change your routine. Use a different route to work, drink teas instead of coffee, or eat breakfast in a different place.
- Do something to reduce your stress. Take a hot bath, exercise, read a book or learn a new hobby.
- Drink a lot of water and other fluids.
Ask your health care provider for advice and carefully read the information on the package.
Be Prepared for Relapse or Difficult Situations
Most relapses occur within the first three months of quitting. Don't be discouraged if you start smoking again. Remember, most people try to quit several times before they finally quit. Here are some difficult situations to watch out for...
- Alcohol - avoid drinking alcohol. Drinking lowers your chances of success.
- Other smokers - being around smoking can make you want to smoke.
- Weight Gain - many smokers will gain weight when they quit, usually less than 10 pounds. Eat a healthy diet and stay active. Don't let weight gain distract you from your main goal.
- Bad Mood or Depression - There are a lot of ways to improve your mood other than smoking. If you are having problems with any of these situations, talk to your health care provider.