Health Commissioner Urges Tobacco Users to Seek Help in Attempting to Break Their Addiction

Categories: Health Services | Author: gkelly-mcgovern | Posted: 12/12/2017 | Views: 3443
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the U.S.

Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken encourages residents who use tobacco to seek help in attempting to break their addiction by registering for Suffolk County’s  “Learn to Be …Tobacco Free” program. The program, which is free to Suffolk County residents, offers assistance with planning, support, and counseling. The program also provides over-the counter medications for a fee to participants who are medically eligible.

“Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and illness in the U.S., with nearly half a million Americans dying prematurely from smoking each year and more than 16 million Americans suffering from diseases caused by smoking,” said Dr. Tomarken.

Studies have shown that tobacco users who try to break their addiction with behavioral support are more likely to be successful than those who try to do so without support. Registration for the program is open until the second week of each session. Classes will take place as follows:

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
100 Hospital Road, Patchogue, NY
When: Tuesday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6; March 6, 2018; 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Debora 631-853-2928

Dolan Family Health Center
284 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn, NY
When: Tuesday; January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13; February 27, 2018; 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Debora 631-853-2928

John T. Mather Hospital
75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY
Dates: Thursday, February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8; March 29, 2018; 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Debora 631-853-2928

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