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Is this year's resolution to quit smoking?

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By The Staff

Each year many people use January as their start date for making positive changes in their lives. If your New Year’s resolution is to remove tobacco from your life, good for you! Quitting is the most important thing people can do to improve their health. There are many choices to help people quit smoking; however only certain treatments have been proven effective. These are:• Prescription medications including bupropion SR (Zyban or Wellbutrin) and newly approved varenicline (Chantix). • Prescription nicotine replacement therapy including the nicotine inhaler and nicotine nasal spray. • Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy including the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenge. • Cessation counseling including individual, group, face-to-face or telephone counseling. Kentucky’s Tobacco Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669), is a free telephone service that provides information about tobacco use and treatment options.Another popular program is the Cooper-Clayton Method to Stop Smoking, sponsored by the Oldham County Health Department. Led by trained facilitators, the program is a comprehensive 12-week group support program. Participants are given information on available medications and nicotine replacement products to help them stop smoking. Other weekly sessions focus on avoiding weight gain through changing nutrition habits and exercise, stress reduction and relapse prevention. The Oldham County Health Department will offer the Cooper-Clayton class beginning Jan. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. at their office at 1786 Commerce Parkway in La Grange. Call 222-3516 ext. 135 to register or for additional information. There is a $10 fee payable at the first class.Combining a medication or nicotine replacement therapy with cessation counseling treatment increases long-term quit rates compared with using a single type of treatment alone. The more support smokers have to quit, the better their chances are for success, and for a healthier, smoke-free 2008.Won’t you consider having a healthier New Year?

The views expressed in this column may not necessarily represent the views of The Oldham Era.