Cessation Information

OTC is committed to providing assistance to students, staff and faculty members wanting to quit using tobacco. OTC provides on-campus resources for students as well as referrals to programs in the Springfield community. The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program. The ALA’s lifestyle behavior modification program incorporates:

  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Exercise & Nutrition Programs
  • Effective Smoking Cessation Methods
  • Ongoing Support Group meetings

The program is available on-campus through Counseling & Career Resources at (417) 447-6974, or through the American Lung Association in Springfield, (417) 883-7177.

Cessation Programs in the Community

If you are a tobacco user and carry health insurance coverage, most health care plans provide reimbursement benefits for those who successfully complete a tobacco cessation program. Call your insurance provider to learn more about your preventative health benefits.

  • A “Road to Freedom” self help kit containing dozens of valuable tips and tools
  • Nutrition consultation to reduce cravings
  • Stress management classes
  • Support group schedule and information
  • Telephone follow-up support

For more information, contact the St. John’s Road to Freedom program at (417) 820-9459.

Or contact them by 1-800-QUIT-NOW

  • A 15-minute education session
  • Open discussion among participants
  • Discussion topics including stories of success and struggle, helpful tips, and various methods to overcome smoking obstacles.

This support group opportunity will be offered numerous times throughout the year. Call Karen at the Health Department at (417) 864-1687 for exact times and locations.