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Free smoking cessation class offered

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By The Staff

A free smoking cessation program can help you save more than $21 per week if you successfully quit smoking, based on the average cost of cigarettes for someone who smokes a pack a day.

Three sessions of the Cooper-Clayton smoking cessation program start soon. The Cooper-Clayton Method to Stop Smoking program is a comprehensive, 13-week program that helps participants stop smoking with peer support, educational guidance and nicotine replacement therapy. Classes will meet once a week at each of the following three times and locations:

• 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 6, 2009, at the Grant County Board of Education, 820 Arnie Risen Blvd., Williamstown, Ky.

• 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays, starting Jan.10, 2009, at St. Luke Hospital East Cancer Treatment Center

• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 13, 2009, at St. Luke Hospital West, Florence, Ky.

The Cooper-Clayton classes are free, but participants must purchase nicotine patch, gum or lozenge, if utilized.

Cooper-Clayton is sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Health Department, the Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, The St. Luke Hospitals, Northern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Cancer Program.

To register for the program or for more information visit http://www.nkyhealth.org or call the Kentucky Cancer Program at 859-442-3525.

For more information on the Health Department’s tobacco prevention and cessation programs, please call 859.341.4264.