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Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Nicotine Patches

Wednesday June 3, 2009

Stop Smoking Classes Offered Throughout the Area

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 3, 2009) The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering free nicotine replacement patches to people who enroll in Cooper/Clayton stop smoking classes by June 30, 2009.  A limited number of nicotine replacement products are available. Interested participants must call 502-574-STOP to register for a class.  Advanced registration is required. A complete list of Cooper Clayton class offerings for June through September can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/health.

The Cooper/Clayton method to stop smoking is a 13 week program that includes weekly support group meetings combined with use of nicotine replacement patches.  The classes previously required that participants purchase their own nicotine replacement patches.  The new tobacco tax increase has prompted the Tobacco Preventions & Cessation Program and the Louisville Metro Tobacco Free Coalition will now provide free nicotine replacement patches for course participants.  Additional classes have been added to the schedule to allow more individuals to be able to access services.  Cooper Clayton is proven effective and addresses all aspects of smoking.