Health: Health Department offering smoking cessation classes

By Judy Mattingly, MA/Franklin County Health Department, Published:

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Worldwide, more than 5 million deaths are caused by tobacco use each year. One in five deaths annually, or approximately 443,000 deaths, are caused by smoking in the United States. Smoking-related diseases include cancers, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, bronchitis and chronic airway obstruction.

The 2011 Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data reports that 21.2 percent of adults are current smokers nationwide, compared to 29 percent of adults in Kentucky and 25.2 percent of adults in the Bluegrass Area Development District (ADD). The Bluegrass ADD includes Franklin, Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford counties.

The Franklin County MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) Community Health Improvement Plan, which is available at www.fchd.org, includes the goal of encouraging smoke free lifestyles. As part of reaching this goal MAPP is partnering with the Frankfort Regional Medical Center to convene a meeting of all Cooper Clayton smoking cessation facilitators in Franklin and Anderson counties. Through this partnership we hope to increase access to smoking cessation classes, making quitting easier for residents and ultimately improving the health of our counties and state.

Quitting smoking is possible!

The first available Cooper Clayton Method to Stop Smoking class in 2013 will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Franklin County Health Department Public Health Center.

Dr. Cooper, a dentist who was also a heavy cigarette smoker for 36 years, and Dr. Clayton, an internationally-known expert on drug addiction, developed the Cooper Clayton Method more than 25 years ago at the University of Kentucky. If the reasons you started smoking no longer exist, if you believe you will be better off as a nonsmoker and follow the 12 week plan you can successfully become a nonsmoker.

The Cooper Clayton program consists of 12 one-hour weekly meetings that include education, skills training and social support. Participants utilize nicotine replacement therapy products, such as the nicotine patch, nicotine gum or nicotine lozenge. There is no charge for the class; however participants may be responsible for the nicotine replacement therapy products.

Many who register for Cooper Clayton have attempted quitting multiple times. Several quit attempts are often needed and the Cooper Clayton Method has one of the highest smoking cessation success rates with 40-45 percent of participants successfully becoming nonsmokers.

One past Cooper Clayton graduate who stopped smoking in 2002 said, “I think successful nonsmokers know all the reasons they should stop smoking, they don’t necessarily want to stop smoking, and the Cooper Clayton program gave the enforcement I needed.”

To register for Cooper Clayton or for more information, call 564-5559 or email judya.mattingly@ky.gov. Detailed information about the Cooper Clayton Method to Stop Smoking can also be found at www.stopsmoking4ever.org. Other available resources to quit smoking include 1-800-QUIT-NOW, which provides one-on-one telephone support.

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  • Save your money and time. If you want to quit, quit. In my experience, smoking is not physically addictive; it is, however, a psychologically addictive habit. But you can break that habit without any help; all you need is willpower. No money required. No classes required.......Unless, of course, you're the type of person who can't do anything by yourself.