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“Learn to Be…Tobacco Free”

Categories: Health Services | Author: gknutson | Posted: 9/29/2017 | Views: 2874

Seek support in breaking the addiction to tobacco


Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken encourages residents who use tobacco to seek help in breaking their addiction by signing up for Suffolk County’s “Learn to Be …Tobacco Free” program. The program offers assistance with planning, support, counseling and medication, if warranted.

“We know now more than ever about what works and what doesn't,” said Dr. Tomarken. “Studies have shown that smokers who try to quit smoking using a combination of behavioral support and medicine are three times more likely to be successful than those who try to stop smoking without support.”

The classes are free to Suffolk County residents, though there is a fee for medication for medically eligible participants. Registration is open until the second week of each session.

Classes will take place as follows:



Brentwood Public Library,

2nd Ave. & Fourth St.

Brentwood NY 11717

Dates:  Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 14, 21, 2017

Reunion: December 12, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Debora 631-853-2928


Riverhead Library

330 Court St., Riverhead

Dates:  Monday, October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20, 2017

Reunion: December 11, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Janis 631-853-3187


A support group is available at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month for individuals who have attended and completed a full six-week tobacco cessation program.  Participants may attend at one of two locations:           

Suffolk County  DOHS Office of Education, William Lindsay Complex 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy. Bldg C-016

Hauppauge, NY 11788  or Riverhead Library 33 Court St  Riverhead, NY 11901

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