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Smoking is the leading actual "cause of death" in the U.S.; and these deaths are preventable. Science-based programs to help individuals stop smoking are important interventions for public health and the healthcare delivery community. The Cooper/Clayton Method is being implemented by every health department and the Kentucky Cancer Program throughout the state. As the former Director of Cancer Control in Kentucky, it is apparent to me that the Cooper/Clayton program is the most popular and respected cancer control initiative in Kentucky.

Stephen W. Wyatt, DMD, MPH
Dean, College of Public Health
University of Kentucky

3 Questions EVERY smoker needs to ask

1. Do you remember why you started smoking?
2. Do the reasons you started smoking still exist?
3. Have you ever considered you might be better off as a nonsmoker?


Nonsmoker as of January 15, 2002

I smoked for about 25 years and stopped on a half-dozen different occasions.
I tried everything from “cold turkey?to “hypnosis?

I stopped smoking on January 15, 2002 during a Cooper/Clayton session. I think successful non smokers know all the reasons they should stop smoking(they don’t necessarily want to stop smoking) and the Cooper/Clayton program gave the enforcement I needed.

Nonsmoker as of January 2003

Hi! My name is Kim and I just celebrated my first year anniversary as being a non-smoker in January of 2004. I’m not going to kid you and make you think it was quick, easy and painless. It wasn’t. But I will tell you the Cooper-Clayton method works and it works well! When I enrolled in the Cooper-Clayton program last January, I was smoking more than a pack of cigarettes a day and had been doing so for almost 25 years. And like most people, over those years, I tried to quit several times using different methods. I went to two hypnotists, tried the patch three times, the gum several times, the cold turkey method, and I even enrolled in a controlled research program.

When I attempted to quit smoking, there were a few times that I really wanted to quit, but there were also times when I just wanted to show friends and family, “Hey, I tried it and it didn’t work?and continue my life as a smoker. However in December 2002 I was swiss rolex determined to quit smoking. After watching my father die of lung cancer and having survived several life changes, I was finally at the place in my life where I really seriously wanted to quit smoking. I mentioned this to a friend in passing and he said, “If you really want to quit I’ll tell you about my experience with the Cooper-Clayton method? And he did which prompted me to enroll in the January 2003 class.

As I said, the program does work and it was more that a little bit uncomfortable (to say the least) those first two weeks. The book helped lay the foundation, the tapes we viewed and the lectures helped put it all in perspective and we learned so much about when and why we smoke, the patches and /or gum made it physically bearable, but I truly think it was the class interaction and the accountability factor that really did it for me. Each week we would talk about the non-smoking and it really helped to know others were right where you were, and that we were actually doing it. Also one thing that kept me going was I didn’t want to smoke and later have to confess to the class that I had done so. I don’t know the statistics of how many succeeded but at least 20 of us did and we even did so amidst the 2003 ice storm. I know I’ll never smoke again because I don’t ever want to live through the hell of those first two weeks.

I still carry several cards about the program in my wallet and still give my little speech about the Cooper-Clayton method whenever the opportunity arises (and even sometimes when it doesn’t). Mostly when I see someone smoking now, I want to run over to them and say, “You really don’t want to this anymore, you’re a slave to this habit, your life and your health will be so much better, just let me show you how…If you are ready to really seriously quit smoking, please try the Cooper-Clayton program. It works! You are going to be so proud of yourself! I know you can do it!


RE:Cooper/Clayton Classes

Dear Dr. Cooper and Dr. Clayton,

I would like to thank the both of you for what you have done for me. You and your class have given me a new way of life. I am living without tobacco as a controlling agent in my life. I have so many wonderful things to say about the classes. I have bragged to my friends on what I have gone thru. Many have the, “Oh well?attitude. Then I tell them I was able to purchase plane tickets for my wife and myself to Germany and Rome with the money that I had saved from not having to purchase cigarettes. The attitudes and comments have been “You went where and how??People were amazed on the amount that I spent juliatoms on tobacco that I could afford a trip to Europe. I have made this trip before. I have a brother that lives there. I can remember that I used to try to beat everybody off of the plane so I could go smoke.

I tried several times before to quit. I can now stand in front of a mirror and look at myself because I have quit.

I am so grateful that I now facilitate a class at the St. Luke West Hospital. I volunteer my time so that I can share the wisdom and strength that I have received. I hope that I can help someone else to live a new life as the both of you have taught me.

Thank you,

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