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Resolve to Quit Smoking in 2014? Free Resources Available

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Those wishing to kick the smoking habit can get help for free this winter, either through in-person classes, telephone or online counseling.


In-person support will be offered with a session of the Cooper-Clayton program, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting January 8, at the Grant County Board of Education, 820 Arnie Risen Blvd., 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.

Cooper-Clayton is a comprehensive, 13-week program that helps participants stop smoking with peer support, educational guidance and nicotine replacement therapy.

Phone or online support is available through Quit Now Kentucky, a free tobacco cessation service to help Kentuckians quit smoking or using tobacco products. Quit Now Kentucky features proactive telephone coaching, web-based services and text messaging.

For a limited time, residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties are eligible to receive two weeks of free nicotine replacement patches when they enroll in Quit NOW Kentucky’s  services.
To use services provided by Quit Now Kentucky, simply call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST Monday through Sunday or log on to http://www.QuitNowKentucky.org. Doctors can also enroll patients online or by fax.

Nearly 8,000 Kentuckians die each year because of tobacco-related diseases. Eighty-five percent of all lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking, and Kentucky leads the nation in lung cancer deaths. Smoking is a major risk factor for the four leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or (COPD).

The benefits of quitting smoking can start immediately. Smokers who are able to quit successfully can reduce their chance of heart attack, stroke and cancers of the lung, mouth, throat and esophagus.
For more information on Quit Now Kentucky, please visit http://www.nkyhealth.org/quitnow.aspx.

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