Two new KET programs spotlight ways to go tobacco-free

For Release: 11/28/17 1:05 PM

KET presents two new, back-to-back programs that focus on helping Kentuckians break their addiction to smoking and tobacco.

First, Calling It Quits: Real Help to Stop Smoking, airing Monday, Dec. 18 at 9/8 pm on KET, examines effective medications and behavioral strategies available to help tobacco users give up smoking for good. The program offers insights from medical experts – including Audrey Darville, APRN, tobacco cessation treatment specialist at UK HealthCare, and Dr. John Gregory Cooper, a family physician from Cynthiana – as well as ordinary Kentuckians struggling to quit.

Nearly 70 percent of smokers report that they want to quit using tobacco – but far too many fail in their attempts because they try to quit “cold turkey.” The program details seven FDA-approved medications for kicking the smoking habit, as well as recent research that suggests the most effective way to quit smoking is to use a combination of medication and counseling.

Then, immediately following at 9:30/8:30 pm, Tobacco-Free Kentucky Kids spotlights initiatives across the state to reduce smoking and other tobacco use among teenagers.

The programs are part of KET’s ongoing Smoking Cessation initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Calling It Quits: Real Help to Stop Smoking is a KET production, produced by Laura Krueger. Tobacco-Free Kentucky Kids is a KET production, produced by Tom Bickel.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications


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