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

Categories: Health Services | Author: gknutson | Posted: 5/9/2018 | Views: 1487

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:


Longwood Public Library

800 Middle Country Road

Middle Island, NY 11953

Dates: Tuesday,  May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018

Reunion: July 17, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Debora 631-853-2928


Riverhead Public Library

330 Court Street

Riverhead,NY 11901

Dates: Thursday,  May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21,28, 2018

Reunion: July 19, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Contact:  Janis 631-853-3187




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