Saint Joseph Martin offers open enrollment for Cooper/Clayton Smoking Cessation Program

February 12, 2014

MARTIN — Saint Joseph Martin, part of KentuckyOne Health, is offering open enrollment for its Cooper/Clayton Smoking Cessation Program classes. The program is available free of charge and those interested in pursuing a healthier lifestyle are encouraged to participate.

The Cooper/Clayton Smoking Cessation Program offered at Saint Joseph Martin consists of 12 one-hour classes and supports individuals in their efforts to quit smoking. Classes take place on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the Seton Complex conference room at Saint Joseph Martin. Those who are interested can apply at any time and begin the program immediately.

The Cooper/Clayton Method is a comprehensive behavioral smoking cessation program developed over 25 years ago by Thomas Cooper, DDS, a former heavy smoker and Richard Clayton, PhD, an expert on drug addiction. This very successful program is based on science and utilizes proven methods of smoking prevention including education, skills training and social support.

In addition to mutual support, participants utilize nicotine replacement products such as the nicotine patch, nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges to help mitigate dependence.

“What makes this program so successful for most people is that it utilizes a nicotine replacement combined with the support participants receive from others in the program,” said Kim Castle, R.N., B.S.N., Saint Joseph Martin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 American lives each year. Smoking can also lead to serious health concerns including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataracts, pneumonia, periodontitis and multiple cancers.

People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease or premature death.

For more information or to enroll in the Cooper/Clayton Smoking Cessation Program at Saint Joseph Martin, call 606.285.6691.

Visit http://www.stopsmoking4ever.org/ for more detailed information regarding the Cooper/Clayton Method.