PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center is hosting a free program to help people kick the habit.
The center’s smoking cessation class begins on April 9. Participants will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center through July 2.
The program, developed by two University of Kentucky faculty members, teaches behavior modifications, skills training, social support, tips on how to quit and educational information about weight loss, diet and other issues that are helpful to people who are trying to quit smoking.
The hospital provides free nicotine patches to people who sign up for this class.
Pikeville Medical Cancer Center Outreach Coordinator Nell Bedwell, who oversees the smoking cessation program, encourages people who are interested in quitting smoking to attend.
Bedwell, a certified psychiatric and mental health nurse, has worked with behavioral health and addiction services for many years. She smoked for nearly 40 years before finally finding the courage and strength to quit smoking more than 10 years ago.
Bedwell believes it “takes mind, body and soul” to quit smoking. She used nicotine patches and faith to quit smoking.
“I asked the Lord to take it off me and he did,” she said. “I haven’t wanted to smoke since.”
She brings that experience to help those enrolled in the smoking cessation classes. Other former smokers who used the Cooper Clayton Method to quit smoking also participate to help smokers in the class.
“If people really stick with it, this program works,” Bedwell said.
Bedwell said that people who want to take the class but are not able to attend the April 9 meeting may still sign up as long as they attend 30 minutes early on April 16 to learn the things they missed in the first meeting.
For more information or to register, call Bedwell at 606-218-4682.