By Amy LaCount, M.S., Clark County Health Department
Stopping smoking is a very difficult process. If you have ever tried, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Studies show that smoking cigarettes is just as addictive, if not more so, than cocaine or heroin.
As a smoking cessation specialist, I have helped many smokers successfully end their journey with nicotine. To give a "real life" testimonial about how addictive nicotine is, I'm reminded of an individual who had previously been addicted to cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. This individual shared their experience with me and stated that stopping smoking was harder than breaking any other addiction they had experienced. This person successfully stopped smoking through the Cooper/Clayton Method.
The Cooper/Clayton Method is a highly effective 12-week comprehensive smoking cessation program. The most successful way to stop smoking is through a comprehensive program such as Cooper/Clayton. By enrolling in Cooper/Clayton, participants have the opportunity to receive free nicotine replacement products. The Clark County Health Department has partnered with the Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) to provide 100 percent reimbursement for patches, gum and lozenges. Nicotine replacement products are sold each week at class, and participants are given a complete reimbursement upon graduation of the program.