Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 17, 2014

Classes designed to help smokers quit the habit

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — There’s still time to join a series of classes that will help smokers quit.

The classes are offered on Mondays through the Barren River District Health Department in the fourth floor classroom at T.J. Samson Community Hospital.

The classes began Jan. 6, but “if somebody wants to come they could actually start [this Monday] and that will be all right,” said Joyce Adkins, tobacco educator for the district health department.

The classes last about an hour and span a 13-week period.

“These are classes that will actually help people do an individual quit plan for themselves and give themselves the support to actually quit,” she said.

Most people find it easy to quit smoking.

“It’s staying quit that is the hardest part,” Adkins said.

Nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum or patches, will be available for those taking the classes.

“These are classes that were written by two doctors – Dr. [Thomas] Cooper and Dr. [Richard] Clayton,” Adkins said. “They are very successful as long as a person comes and keeps coming to the classes.”

The classes are for anyone age 15 and older. Those younger than 15 can also take the classes, but they must have parental permission.

Students taking the classes will learn how to control the factors that push them to smoke. They will also learn what to do if they relapse after initially quitting. Nutrition, healthy weight and physical activity will also be covered in the classes, she said.

“There’s new information you get each week,” Adkins said.

The classes are free, but there is a small fee for anyone interested in nicotine replacement therapy or purchasing the book used in class, she said.

For more information, call 270-651-4639 or 270-651-4450.

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