Quitting is never easy - for smokers, that is.
Adults in Jefferson County who smoke but want to quit can now get help through a research partnership between the Ohio State University College of Public Health and OSU Extension in Jefferson County.
This partnership - called the OSU Quit Smoking Project - will provide telephone support and up to eight weeks of nicotine patches for 60 adult smokers in Jefferson County.
To participate in this project, smokers need to be:
A resident of Jefferson County;
18 years or older;
Have no recent major health issues;
Be a daily smoker; and
Not be pregnant.
Both men and women can participate.
People also must be willing to try and quit in the next month by using telephone support and nicotine patches, which will be provided free of charge as long as they remain in the study.
The purpose of the study is to find out how effective telephone support and patches are for smokers in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Participants will be asked a set of questions before they start the project as well as three, six and 12 months afterwards.
It is important for participants to stay in the study for 12 months, whether they quit smoking or not. Participants will receive a small gift card after each data collection to thank them for their time, according to a project spokesperson.
Jefferson 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 in Appalachia. According to the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey, 34.4 percent of adults in Jefferson County smoke. In comparison, the statewide smoking rate in Ohio 2008 was 20.1 percent.
The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institute of Health. Mary Ellen Wewers obtained the funding and leads the project at the OSU College of Public Health. Amy Wermert and Julianna Nemeth, also at the OSU College of Public Health, manage the project. Janine Yeske, Extension educator at OSU Extension Jefferson County, helps with outreach and recruitment.
Goldia Smurda is the lay health advisor and interviewer from Jefferson County conducting the local project. Anyone interested in participating can contact Smurda at (740) 314-2498.
Council schedules K. of C. degree
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 has scheduled a first degree for Thursday at 8 p.m. at the council hall.
Candidates for the first degree are to be there between 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. All members are asked to attend the degree and welcome the new brother knights.
The degree is open to anyone wanting to become a knight in the Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto and Mingo areas.
Any questions pertaining to the degree can be directed to Don Hall, grand knight of council 472, at (740) 264-6724.
Following the first degree exemplification, refreshments will be served.
The Sunrise Seniors of Toronto met Feb. 8 with President Susan Kulstad introducing new member Diana Hooper.
A moment of silence was observed for Ted Riffle, who recently died.
Peg Nordenger gave the blessing before the pizza, salad and king cake dinner celebrating Mardi Gras were served.
Reports were given by Mary Lou Deku, secretary; Mike Timko, treasurer; and Susan Conaway, social secretary.
Kulstad reminded members that the second installment payment for the Branson, Mo., trip is due in February with payments to be given to John Bodrog.
Joyce Gribben volunteered to chair the summer picnic in July.
Marcella McKnight and Bruce Pertko were selected as the queen and king of Mardi Gras. Eileen Cernanski and Susan Conaway won the gift certificate drawing.
The 50/50 winners were Kitty Roth and Connie Lupushanski. Door prizes were won by Tim Gribben and Patty Roth. Bingo winners were Jim Wilson, Dorothy Pavelka, Mike Timko, Jim Hope, Brenda Cottrell, Karen Horne, Donna Twyford, Beth Clark, Marion Wilson, Mary Lou Deku, Lucy Timko, Cathy Pertko, Judy Whyte, Jo Andrews and Tim Gribben.
Skat winners were Cathy Pertko, Bob Deku, Bruce Pertko, Jo Andrews, Kitty and Patty Roth and Donna Twyford.
Adena Lions Club
During a recent Adena Lions Club meeting, Darrin Young read a letter from Rob Murry, past district governor, about the Ohio Lions District 13G Convention to be held April l5 and 16 at the Marlite/Lewis Center in New Philadelphia, where Gov. Beth Johnson will be ending her year as district governor. The Parade of Checks will be taken to the district convention.
Bill Ralston was welcomed as a new member.
Five Lions attended a visitation to the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Lions Club meeting in January.
Dustin Kinsey reported that the annual minstrel will be April 19 and 20. The theme will be "Viva Las Vegas." Practice will start March 12.
At the next meeting, Young will have the design plans for the wall at the Village Green.
Members approved a donation and eight folding chairs for the Buckeye Local Performing Arts.
A check will be given to Lynn Sweeney as a donation for the backdrop for the minstrel.