Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly and Suffolk County Health Commissioner James Tomarken, MD are pleased to inform residents who seek help in breaking their tobacco addiction that a Suffolk County “Learn to Be …Tobacco Free” program is set to begin in Western Suffolk.
“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 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.”
“Learn to Be… Tobacco Free” classes are free to Suffolk County residents, although there is a nominal fee for medication for medically eligible participants. The next Western Suffolk Program will be in Hauppauge as follows:
Suffolk County Department of Health
725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Bldg. C-928 Hauppauge, NY 11788
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Thursdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 and September 6, 20
Reunion: October 11
Contact Debora at (631) 853-2928
Registration is open until the second week of the session. For more information on this program and other locations, call (631) 853-4017.
“I encourage local residents to take advantage of this great free program that can help them kick the tobacco habit and improve their health and quality of life for both themselves and their family,” said Legislator Donnelly.