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Know the programs available in Centre County to help you stop smoking

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Vapes and e-cigarettes have grown in popularity in recent years. Often advertised as a less dangerous alternative to cigarettes, medical professionals still have much to learn about their health effects.

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania is excited to share news that we have been awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to support tobacco cessation and prevention efforts in your community. Below you will find a partial list of programs we are able to offer to agencies and organizations in the community.

Adult Tobacco Cessation Programs:

  • The Freedom From Smoking Clinic is an in-person group cessation clinic includes eight sessions and features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group. Identified staff at your organization may also be interested in becoming trained and certified Freedom From Smoking Facilitators who would lead clinics on-site to members of your community.

  • Freedom From Smoking Plus is an interactive, online behavioral change tobacco cessation program that is perfect for today’s mobile lifestyles. It works on desktops, laptops, tablet and smartphones; and includes a 12-month membership and features chat and email support from trained tobacco cessation counselors.

  • Freedom From Smoking Self-Help Manual is a manual that can be used by individuals interested in a self-guided method of quitting. The workbook is based on the American Lung Association’s proven-effective Freedom From Smoking Clinic Program, and covers identifying triggers, removing roadblocks, addressing physical, mental and social aspects of addiction, preparing for quit day, handling social situations, preventing relapse and how to stay on track with lifestyle changes.

  • The Pennsylvania Quitline is a free local resource for quitting smoking. It provides over-the-phone counseling services with a certified quit coach, nicotine patches and lozenges (for qualified callers) and support for all Pennsylvania residents.

Staff training: The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania can provide free, on-site and webinar-based Ask, Advise, refer trainings to support integration of providing brief interventions and referring patients/clients into available cessation services.

Tobacco-free policy support: The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania can assist your organization with evaluating, strengthening, writing and implementation of comprehensive tobacco use policies for worksites and multi-unit housing partners. We also provide “No Smoking” signage at no cost.

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania welcomes the opportunity to partner with community agencies and organizations to provide these important educational opportunities. All options listed above are provided at no cost throughout Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Snyder, Tioga and Union Counties. If you have any questions or interest in learning more about the programs that the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania can offer at little or no cost, email rose.williams@lung.org or call 717-971-1135.

Rose Williams is a health promotions specialist at the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania.
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