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A new five-day program to help
people quit smoking-cold turkey-is
reported to be nearly 80 per cent suc-
cessful up to six months following
initial treatment, said Don Powell,
founder of Smoke Stopper's clinic.
The behavior modification
techniques developed by Powell have
been tested and proven successful on a
variety of people.
modification instructor at the Univer-
sity before opening his clinic in
February 1975, devised his method
from "behavior modification literature
and drawing on my own knowledge of
human behavior and motivation," he
said. The treatment was first tested last
summer and. involved students,
University staff and some members of
the community.
Of the students involved in the
program, 100 per cent quit smoking af-
ter five days, and 76.5 per cent still
were not smoking after six months.
Smokers don't have to have an

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 16, 1979-Page 5
may help smokers quit
msf ul are short-term smokers, said Powell.
Al ost80% s c The clinic also offers assistance in
reinforcing non-smoking "above and
"overwhelming desire" to quit, said the clinic to smoke during the sessions _ beyond the five-day period," said
Powell, although it is helpful if the in- but is "designed to take the pleasure Powell. It offers "maintenance
dividual is willing to stop. He said the out of cigarettes," said Powell. procedures" in the form of support
success rate of the program is greatly Powell, who left the University in groups.
reduced when people have no desire to April, said smoking is becoming "Their (the support groups)
stop smoking. But, he said, "people get "socially unacceptable." Many times philosophy is much like that of
hooked and get motivated to be suc- people will light up a cigarette to Alcoholics Anonymous," said Powell.
cessful" once they participate in the "change some emotional state" such as The groups give people a chance to ex-
sessions. anger or depression, he explained, press their feelings now that they've
THE BEHAVIOR modification tech- POWELL SAID there has been an quit," and the opportunity to see that
niques are designed to prevent cigaret- "increase in health awareness," and other people are going through similar
te urges from arising and also to that people now realize the dangers of experiences, he added.
eliminate discomfort if such urges do heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and POWELL SAID results have shown
occur, Powell said. The techniques in- emphazema, as well as cancer. an average of only 4.6 pounds in weight
volve a combination of self-control, Powell said his success rate has been gain. He said people have also reported
substitute behavior such as deep "as high or higher" when working with feelings of greater calm, and some even
breathing (which imitates the actual groups of college students than when decreased consumptionm of alcoholic
smoking of a cigarette), relaxation working with the public at large. With beverages.
exercises, and thought control, to college students, he said, the benefits of Smoke Stopper's clinic is offered as a
prepare individuals for situations not smoking can be easily identified. group plan once every two months
where they might normally smoke or be For example, he said, they "can play a through St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital.
tempted to light upa cigarette. third game of racquetball." There is a free explanatory session and
There is a "negative smoking Another reason for the higher rate of the fee for four consecutive sessions is
procedure" that allows participants in success is that college students often $80 per person, said Powell. Individual
treatment at the clinic costs $170.

Campus co-ops get
faeelift throug hHUD

Residents of central campus co-ops
will find their buildings have undergone
a $1 million facelift when they return
this fall, according to an Inter-
cooperative Council 1ICC) spokesman.
The $1 million comes to the ICC in the
form of a low interest loan from the
federal government's College Housing
Program, part of the Department of
Housing and Urban Development
(HUD), according to ICC
Rehabilitation Director Lewis Howie.
HOWIE SAID repair work on 12 of the
14 central campus co-ops begun last
week, includes stripping and
replastering walls, installing fire doors
and smoke alarms, overlaying exposed
wires and fixing plumbing.
Howie said students moving into co-
ops in the fall will not be inconvenien-
ced by the repairs, since the work is
scheduled for completion by September
3, Labor Day.
The work is "fairly extensive," ICC
treasurer Ed Trombley said. "This
kind of work won't be needed again for
many years," he said.
"MOST OF THE work is done on the
big systems (such as electricity or
plumbing) so none of it is directly
related to students' abuse," Trombley
Trombley said the houses are getting
old and have never been renovated.
"We basically want to modernize the
houses," said Mike Maronitch of But-
cher-Willets, Inc., one of the three firms
doing the repair work.
MARONITCH SAID it was possible

the three contractors may run into ex-
tra costs in doing the repair work,
because "there's always something in
an old house that you can't see" that
has to be repaired.
The $1 million loan comes from the
College Housing Program of the federal
government's department of Housing
and Urban Development, according to
ICC rehabilitation director Howie.
Howie said the ICC had received a
$2.4 million loan from HUD, due over a
period of 30 years, but $1.4 million of the
loan will go to pay back money loaned
to the ICC in the past, Howie said.
The loans will not affect rents at Ann
Arbor co-ops, Howie said, because the
amount of interest the ICC will have to
pay each year on loans is increased by
only 10per cent as a result of this loan.
But Howie added that the loans are
not grants. "Nobody's ever said, 'You
don't have to pay it back'."
Reduced Rates
For iiaords
Every day
to 6 p.m.
at the UNION

Minority conferene
Dr. Francis F. Kornegay, president director.
of the Detroit urban League, presented The conference was sponsored by the
the introductory address at a conferen- University's Program of Educational
ce on "The Recruitment and Em- Opportunity to assist school district
ployment of Minority Educators" last personnel representatives and
week at the League. minority job candidates in meeting
Kornegay discussed the roles schools each other.
can play in promoting the concept of
equal employment opportunity, as well PRINCIPLESof
as the need for minority educators to PRN IL S f
serve as role models for both minority Wholistic Education
as well as non-minority students.
A University alumnus, Kornegay has Public Library - May 18
been with the Detroit Urban League for 7:30pm FREE
35 years, including 18 as its executive

a program of fun for children
ages 2 V to 10 years
(daily 7:30 am to 5:30pm)
Clonlara Register now
1289 Jewett for all or part
Ann Arbor of summerr

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