This year, your annual “spring cleaning” can include your lungs.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department wants smokers to give up tobacco for good. Lexington residents can call the health department at 288-2457 or 288-2327 to sign up for classes designed for people who want to quit smoking. Classes will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning April 27 at the Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle.
“We average a 50 percent completion rate with the Cooper-Clayton program, which is higher than most other methods,” said Angela Brumley-Shelton, Community Education and Tobacco coordinator. “We believe it works so well because it provides social support, which is what many people who try to quit don’t have in place.”
The Cooper-Clayton Method to stop Smoking provides 12 weeks of education and support sessions that have been proven effective for smokers no matter how long they’ve used tobacco products. The class requires a $50 registration deposit that will be reimbursed upon completion of the program if the person has completed all 12 classes and has remained smoke-free. Participants will receive nicotine replacement therapy products, such as nicotine gum, patches and lozenges, at no cost as long as they are smoke-free after the third week of the program.
The health department also uses the KY QUITLINE at 1-800-QUITNOW and Becomeanex.org, which is a web-based cessation program.
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