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Suffolk County Department of Health Services

Office of Health Education: Smoking Cessation


William J. Lindsay Complex
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Building C016
Hauppauge, NY 11788

(631) 853-3162

Smoking Cessation

What is the true cost of tobacco use? The #1 preventable cause of death in our country, tobacco use is responsible for over $89 billion per year in health care costs in the US. It kills 430,000 smokers every year. Another 60,000 die from their exposure to secondhand smoke. Adults and children suffer from illnesses due to their involuntary exposure. Annual expenditures through Social Security Survivors Insurance for the more than 300,000 children who have lost at least one parent from a smoking-related death is $2.3 billion.

Other non-healthcare costs from tobacco use include residential and commercial property losses for smoking-caused fires, totaling approximately $400 million per year. Productivity losses add up to more than $93 billion a year. The costs, financial and human, are staggering. We can reduce those costs by preventing initiation of tobacco use by children, helping smokers quit and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

To combat the problems associated with tobacco use, Suffolk County has launched a comprehensive program. This program will help prevent children from becoming addicted to nicotine, assist those who want to quit and strictly enforce laws prohibiting tobacco sales to minors and clean indoor air.

School-based programs

The Office of Health Education has implemented a comprehensive approach to help young people break their addiction to nicotine and to provide prevention programs for those who have not started. The best way to prevent tobacco use is to provide health education for students beginning in kindergarten and continuing each year until 12th grade. Training in HealthSmart, a comprehensive K-12 health education curriculum, is available for Suffolk County teachers. School staff are also trained to provide pre-cessation and cessation programs for students addicted to nicotine. All curricula and training are provided free of charge to any Suffolk County public or private school. Districts also receive assistance in strengthening their tobacco control policies.

Research shows that placing youth in positions of leadership reinforces healthy decision-making, including the decision not to use tobacco products. Students have participated in youth empowerment conferences, peer leadership trainings and educational theater as ways to increase their leadership skills and to be able to positively influence their peers to choose a healthy lifestyle.

Smoking Cessation programs

Helping people break the addiction to nicotine is essential to achieving sustained declines in tobacco use. Suffolk County’s smoking cessation program provides behavior modification and supportive pharmaceuticals to medically eligible participants. All cessation groups and programs are supervised by a nurse practitioner and services are provided to residents at no cost. Program participants also receive personalized follow-up. We support them in discovering the benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle.

Counter-marketing and Public Information

Tobacco use has been "glamorized" and "normalized" by decades of tobacco industry advertising. To combat this slick, highly-financed advertising, Suffolk County is presenting "the real truth" about tobacco use. Presentations are available to high schools, colleges and community groups.

Suffolk County is also working with local Kiwanis Clubs to provide resources to help Emergency Room nurses and doctors learn how to help reduce a child’s exposure to secondhand smoke and prevent many childhood illnesses.


Suffolk County is committed to vigorously enforcing all state and local laws that apply to tobacco sales and use, including laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to youth under the age of 21. The county has enacted strong laws restricting tobacco advertising near children’s treats, candy, toys and trading cards, and also requires that all tobacco products be placed behind a counter. Suffolk County also enforces the New York State and Suffolk County clean indoor air laws.

Businesses Guilty of Selling Tobacco Products to Children

Clean Indoor Air Act

Suffolk County Department of Health Services Tobacco Vendor Education Program


Tobacco Facts
  • Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 430,000 deaths each year and resulting in an annual cost of more than $89 billion in medical costs.
  • More than 60,000 individuals die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Each year, smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, suicides and fires ... combined!
  • The overwhelming majority of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, 2,000 American children become regular smokers - 12 children a day right here in Suffolk County.
  • There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can cause immediate harm.
  • Secondhand smoke can cause pneumonia, bronchial and respiratory infections, ear infections, new cases of asthma in infants and children, and is a known cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is responsible for between 10,000 and 15,000 hospitalizations of children each year.

Do what's best for you and the ones you love.
Protect your health and theirs.
Quit smoking.
We can help.


Smoking Cessation Class Schedule

Brought to you by the LEARN TO BE... TOBACCO FREE Program
Pre-registration is required. Please call the numbers listed below.
Registration remains open for each class until the second session.

Thursday: In-Person meeting
Suffolk County Department of Health Services Office of Health Education
725 Veterans Highway, Bldg. C016
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5
Reunion: November 19, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Contact: Wanda 631-853-4017

Tuesday: ZOOM meeting*
Dates: November 17, 24 December 1, 8, 15, 22
Reunion: January 12, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Contact: Debora 631-853-2928
*Please note, only participants who pre-register will receive the Zoom email invitation.

Support Group ZOOM Meeting

In order to attend the support group, you must have attended and completed a full program (6 weeks) of smoking cessation classes. If you have attended our program, and are not receiving the support group reminder and would like to, please contact Debora at 631-853-2928. The support group begins at 5:30 PM

1st Wednesday of every month

Suffolk County Health Department
Health Education

725 Veteran's Memorial Hwy
William Lindsay Complex, Bldg. C016
Hauppauge, NY 11788

New York State Quitline: 1-866-697-8487


Link to

CDC Fast Facts

Doctor with surgical mask

Tobacco use leads to disease and disability.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction).
  • For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death.
  • Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
  • In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for about one in five deaths annually (i.e., about 443,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these smoking-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure).
  • On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. The cigarette industry spends billions each year on advertising and promotions.
  • $9.94 billion total spent in 2008
  • $27 million spent a day in 2008 Tobacco use costs the United States billions of dollars each year.
  • Cigarette smoking costs more than $193 billion (i.e., $97 billion in lost productivity plus $96 billion in health care expenditures).
  • Secondhand smoke costs more than $10 billion (i.e., health care expenditures, morbidity, and mortality). State spending on tobacco control does not meet CDC-recommended levels.
  • Collectively, states have billions of dollars available to them—from tobacco excise taxes and tobacco industry legal settlements—for preventing and controlling tobacco use. States currently use a very small percentage of these funds for tobacco control programs.
  • In 2011, states will collect $25.3 billion from tobacco taxes and legal settlements, but states are spending only 2% of the $25.3 billion on tobacco control programs.
  • Investing only about 15% (i.e., $3.7 billion) of the $25.3 billion would fund every state tobacco control program at CDC-recommended levels.
    More Facts Here


CDC Smoking
& Tobacco

Campaign for
Tobacco Free Kids

Has many resources and is NOT just for kids.

Reality Check LI

An interactive site for children and teens sponsored by the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island.

An interactive site for children and teens sponsored by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

New York State
Smokers Quitline

The Quitnet

Smokers helping smokers quit




Coalition of
Long Island

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901