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Healthy Suffolk: Learn to Be…Tobacco Free


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner James Tomarken, MD, encourage residents who use tobacco to obtain help in breaking their addiction through Suffolk County’s “Learn to Be …Tobacco Free” program.

“We are promoting good health to all residents in Suffolk County,” said County Executive Bellone. “For those who are addicted to tobacco or nicotine products, we urge them to get the support they need to prevent illnesses that are caused by tobacco.”

“Breaking an addiction to nicotine can be very difficult,” 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.”

The classes are free to Suffolk County residents, though there is a nominal fee for medication for medically eligible participants. Classes are as follows:

West Babylon                                                                       

West Babylon Public Library

211 Route 109

West Babylon, NY 11704

Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 2016

Reunion: December 8, 2016

Contact: 631-669-5445


Riverhead Public Library

330 Court Street

Riverhead, NY 11901

Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25, November 1, 15, 22, 29, December 6, 2016

Reunion: December 20, 2016

Contact: 631-727-3228




Learn more about the “Tobacco Free” program, by going to the Program Website:

And watch our video at: Learn to Be…Tobacco Free Program


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