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Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace, (502) 564-6786  

GlaxoSmithKline to Join DPH Smoking Cessation Staff at State Fair

Smokers who want a clear picture of how their habit is impacting their health can learn more at the Kentucky State Fair where trained staff members from the Kentucky Department for Public Health and GlaxoSmithKline will be on hand this week.

Certified cessation specialists from GSK will join staff from the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program today, Friday and Saturday to provide smoking assessments and cessation information and tools.

The display will offer unique, interactive tools to help smokers learn more about the benefits of quitting as well as the physical, emotional and psychological stress smoking causes.

“This is truly a great tool to make more people aware of the dangers of smoking,” said Irene Centers, program manager of the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. “We’re pleased to have GSK’s cessation specialists at the fair to help get this message out.  We hope we are able to encourage more people to stop using tobacco products.”

The display will include unique screenings and counseling free of charge, including:

· Spirometry assesses lung function. After taking a deep breath, a person forcefully breathes into the spirometer as completely and forcefully as possible. The spirometer measures both the amount of air expelled and how quickly the air was expelled from the lungs.

· Carbon Monoxide (CO)Screening measures the level of carbon monoxide in the participant’s breath. It is used to determine the level of dependence on nicotine. The results of the test allow the counselor to assist in the determination of strength of nicotine replacement therapy product to be used.

· Age Progression Analysis starts with taking a digital picture of the participant. The person is then shown what she or he will look like five, 10 and 15 years in the future if they continue to smoke.

· Lung Cancer Risk Model is based on the data the counselor obtains from the smoker and from the tests conducted. The smoker will be provided a risk assessment on the likelihood that he or she will develop lung cancer.

· Personalized Counseling with trained counselors is provided. Counselors interact with the smokers and work to develop a customized approach to developing a quit methodology.

“As a scientist, I know nothing supports a theory better than physical evidence, which is exactly what this display provides,” said William Hacker, M.D., acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner. “I sincerely hope these tests and counseling services will be widely used, and more people will be encouraged to quit smoking.”

GSK cessation specialists will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday,  along with a staff member from DPH providing information on the free telephone counseling service known as the Quit Line, (800)-QUIT NOW and other cessation opportunities offered at local health departments throughout the state.

The DPH Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program will maintain the information booth throughout the duration of the State Fair.



Last Updated 8/17/2006