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Jan. 28, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Smoking cessation program returns to Ohio State Lima

Public invited to participate in scientific study

Dr. Joe Green, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University at Lima, will present "The Winning Edge: Self Empowerment Program for Smoking Cessation" from 6-8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 20; Wed., Feb. 27; and Wed., March 6, 2013, in Galvin 118 on the Ohio State Lima campus.

The Winning Edge program, which is a longitudinal scientific study created by Dr. Green and Dr. Steven Jay Lynn of Binghampton University, combines cognitive-behavioral cessation techniques with self-hypnosis to help smokers achieve a lifetime of freedom from smoking. The two professors have been developing this unique program for more than five years. This is the second time this academic year that Dr. Green has presented the program at Ohio State Lima.

Throughout the three sessions, The Winning Edge program teaches participants cognitive-behavioral skills to stop smoking and to develop an image of themselves as non-smokers and incorporate hypnotic techniques to enhance their motivation to stop smoking. It also helps participants cope with smoking urges; offers strategies to minimize weight gain, prevent relapse and maximize social support; provides handouts, worksheets, DVDs and CDs for home practice; and collects data to evaluate program effectiveness. Attendance at all three sessions is critical to participant and program success.

The general public is invited to participate in the program. Because this is a research study, costs have been contained to $25 for the three sessions and take-home materials. This fee will help cover program expenses. To enroll in the program or for more information, contact MaryAnn Kromer at (419) 995-8654. Additional information and program details are available online at: Lima.OSU.edu/stopsmoking