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Tobacco Cessation Education & Support

Our Community Health Equity & Education Team wants to help you break the chain and start 2014 fresh by helping you quit using tobacco. Three new smoking cessation classes start soon. Classes provide support, education and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Requires participants to pay $10 each week for the first 10 weeks -- can be paid in full at beginning, or weekly. For information about upcoming classes, call 859-288-2446.            

Quitting isn’t easy and we’re offering several options to help you along the way. Our classes are taught using the Cooper-Clayton Method to Stop Smoking program, which is a proven system with excellent results, even for heavy smokers.

The Cooper Clayton Method combines group discussions and nicotine replacement therapy to help persons stop smoking. The class series lasts 12 weeks for 1 hour each week. Participants will be required to pay $10 each week for the first 10 weeks for a total of $100.  Participants can either pay the total amount at registration, or pay weekly.  Nicotine replacement products (patches, lozenges, or gum) are included with this fee.  If you want to participate in the Cooper-Clayton program, but are unable to pay the $10 each week, LFCHD may be able to work on a financial plan with you.  

What is the Cooper-Clayton Method to Stop Smoking?

The Cooper–Clayton Method to Stop Smoking was developed by Thomas Cooper, D.D.S. and Richard Clayton, Ph.D., an expert on drug addiction at the Kentucky School of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. The Cooper–Clayton method uses common sense, putting together nicotine replacement therapy with a comprehensive smoking-cessation program that helps smokers change the behavior patterns that accompany smoking. The method has three phases:

  • Phase one (lasts one week): participants record in a chart whenever they smoke a cigarette. Since a smoker receives about a milligram of nicotine per cigarette, counting the number of cigarettes smoked is a good indicator of how much nicotine a smoker needs to prevent withdrawal.
  • Phase two (lasts about 6 weeks): participants change the way they receive their daily doses of nicotine. Starting with the first day of this phase, in place of smoking participants use either nicotine gum or nicotine patches. Either of these products can provide enough nicotine to participants to keep their blood nicotine level high enough to prevent craving. Over the 12 weeks participants slowly reduce the amount of nicotine they administer to themselves until their intake has been reduced to zero.
    • During the second phase participants are also provided with education and training to help them become nonsmokers. They also meet with others in a support group, an integral part of the Cooper–Clayton method. Research has shown that the chances for success improve if participants meet regularly to discuss common goals and to encourage each other to remain smoke-free.
  • Phase three (lasts four weeks): the focus is on relapse prevention. Participants are commended about their decision to become nonsmokers. Participants are shown how to cope and apply strategies to deal with stress, anger and depression in a life without nicotine. They are also encouraged to continue meeting with others in their support group since the dynamic they have created helps keep them motivated.

No smoking cessation program is 100 percent effective, but the Cooper–Clayton method is successful for as many as 45 percent of heavy smokers.

Additional Resources:

The health department can also bring a Cooper-Clayton class series to your organization: worksite, church, or club. 

For more information on any of these services, as well as the dates and locations of our next Cooper Clayton class series, contact Angela Brumley-Shelton at 859-288-2446 or email at Angela.Brumley-Shelton@ky.gov.


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Change in services: Effective May 20, 2014, we are able to provide childhood vaccinations (must live in Fayette County, be 18 years or younger and be uninsured or underinsured). Limited appointments are available daily Monday-Friday, and appointments can be made up to a week in advance by calling the Public Health Clinic at (859) 288-2483.

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