“By the end of the class, I had quit smoking,” Metts said. “I quit smoking the second week into it … I did the patches.”
Metts said that anyone trying to quit smoking will not be able to until they themselves are “ready,” no matter how much anyone else wants them to, adding that she first heard about the smoking cessation classes on the radio.
However, there haven’t been as many success stories as those who administer the program locally would like.
Of the six smoking cessation classes that have been started since Trigg County Hospital started offering them roughly three years ago, only two have been taken to completion, as there have been too many people quitting during the program, said Skip Howe, director of respiratory therapy for Trigg County Hospital.
Smoking cessation classes many lose half of those that enrolled in the program, said Howe, who went on to say that he would like to see more people in the program and referred to local attendance as “terrible.”
Howe also said that the anti-smoking classes in Trigg County have had, at most six people, that the last class attempted in January of this year had only one person in it, and that similar problems have arisen in other counties of similar size.
Typically, the program lasts 13 weeks, said Howe, who acts as a facilitator at such classes, to start discussions that will help people stop smoking.
One of the areas of discussion early on are the ways to replace cigarettes, and the nicotine patch, nicotine gum and a nicotine lozenge are all said to be nicotine replacements.
Howe said he and others involved in the program have floated the idea of having the classes at churches, and he has also wants to meet with various business and organizations to get their input on how to increase local involvement.
The class offered is based on the Cooper/Clayton method, first thought up by Dr. Thomas M. Cooper, D.D.S., and Dr. Richard R. Clayton, Ph.D., and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health and the Kentucky Cancer Program play a part in the program.