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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Public Health, Portsmouth City Health Department, and OSU Extension in Scioto County are teaming up to conduct a smoking research study in Scioto County called the OSU Quit Smoking Project.

According to released in information about the project, “Scioto County is one of six counties in Ohio Appalachia selected to participate in this project over the next several years, in part because of high rates of smoking.

According to the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey, 36.4 percent of adults in Scioto County smoke. In comparison, the statewide smoking rate in Ohio in 2008 was 20.1 percent.”

Participants of the study will receive one-on-one support and up to eight weeks of nicotine patches for 61 adult smokers in Scioto County. Participants will also receive small amount of gift cards for participating in this study.

“This study has been in several different counties throughout Appalachia Ohio, over the last several years,” said Monadine B. Mattey, OSU Extension Educator Family and Consumer Sciences Pike and Scioto County.

She said officials with the study have hired two people to help participants of the study on their journey towards quitting smoking.

Mattey said participants of the project need to be a resident of Scioto County: 18 years or older, no recent major health issues, must be a daily smoker and not pregnant. Men and women can participate.

“We are still looking for people. This is a very intensive process of going through a lot of background information. The first meeting may be an hour and a half to run through their background and what efforts they have made to stop smoking and all of those kind of things,” Mattey said. “The participants will set goals for themselves of when they would like to start quitting smoking. Then they would meet with a person, with the program to talk about their goal and how they are doing along the process.”

Mattey said participating in this study will require a big commitment on behalf of the participants.

She said the purpose of the study is to find out how effective one-on-one support and patches are for smokers in the Appalachian region of Ohio.

“All of the data collected in Scioto County will be complied with data collected from other counties and released as one big study,” Mattey said. “They are going to combine all of this information, that’s been collected over a number of years, to see if these strategies work better than people just trying to do this on their own or other types of stop smoking types of programs.”

For more information or to signup as a participant of the program call Joyce Adkins at 740-935-2614.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com.

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