Media contact: Emily Gresham Wherle, Public Information Administrator, 859.344.5470 or Emily.Gresham-Wherle@nkyhealth.org.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Those wishing to kick the smoking habit can get help for free this fall. Cooper-Clayton is a comprehensive, 13-week program that helps participants stop smoking with peer support, educational guidance and nicotine replacement therapy.
In-person support will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting September 10, at the St. Elizabeth Grant 238 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky. Pre-registration is not required for the in-person program, simply show up on the first night of the class. Participants do not need to be smoke-free at the start of the class. Call 859.824.2862 for details or visit http://www.nkyhealth.org.
An online program provides the option to get help quitting in your own home or office and at your own pace. The online course begins on Tuesday, September 3. Participants in the Web-based class will need use of a computer capable of accessing the internet. A facilitator will be online for live chat each Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the duration of the 13-week program. Registration is required for the online program and can be found at http://www.nkyhealth.org/Smoking-Cessation-Resources.aspx.
The Cooper-Clayton classes are free, but participants must purchase nicotine patches, gum or lozenges, if utilized. Participants have had much success with the Cooper-Clayton program because it combines nicotine replacement therapy with a weekly support group. As many as 45 percent of heavy smokers who use the Cooper-Clayton method successfully stop smoking.
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