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Suffolk Officials Encourage Residents to "Learn to Be Tobacco Free"

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner James Tomarken, MD, encourage residents who use tobacco to take advantage of the Suffolk County’s “Learn to Be …Tobacco Free” program.

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Suffolk County, NY - February 25, 2015 - “This year, as we launch Healthy Suffolk, we encourage all residents to take advantage of the supports that will enable them to live longer, healthier lives.” said County Executive Bellone.

“This program works,” said Dr. Tomarken. “Recent studies have shown that smokers who try to quit smoking using a combination of behavioral support and medicine or nicotine replacement products 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 nominal fee for medication for medically eligible participants. Classes are as follows:

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, 100 Hospital Road, Brookhaven (across from the hospital)
Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 21 (Contact: 654-7168)

Stony Brook Technology Center, 14 Technology Dr. Suite 2, East Setauket, NY
Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 and 28 (Contact: 444-4000)

Peconic Bay Medical Center, 1300 Roanoke Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901
Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, and 30 (Contact: 853-3187)

St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 250 Neighborhood Road, Mastic Beach, NY
Mondays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, and May 4 (Contact: 772-5901)

St Catherine of Siena Nursing Rehabilitation Care Center, 52 Route 25A, Smithtown, NY
Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., March 12, 19, 26; April 2,9,16, and May 7 (Contact 870-3444)

Call 853-4017 for more information.