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Bellone Encourages Residents who Smoke: "Determine to be Tobacco Free on November 20th."

  • 13 November 2014
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November 13, 2014

Bellone Encourages Residents who Smoke: 

“Determine to Be Tobacco Free on November 20th.”

County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner James Tomarken, MD, MPH, MBA, MSW, encourage residents who smoke to join the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout next Thursday, November 20, by quitting or making a plan to quit smoking.

“We encourage those residents who smoke to make that decision to quit and to increase their chances of succeeding by obtaining the help of a trained advisor,” said County Executive Bellone. “Suffolk County’s tobacco cessation program is available to all county residents who wish to live longer, healthier lives.”

“Tobacco use leads to disease and disability,” said Dr. Tomarken. “On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers, and for every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking.”

Classes will be held as follows:

Sayville Public Library, 88 Greene Ave., Sayville
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., November 25; December 2, 9, 23, 30; January 6 and January 27, 2015. 
Contact: 589-4440

 

St. Charles Hospital, 200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson
Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., December 9, 16, 23, 30; January 6, 13, and February 3, 2015.
Contact:  473-7848

 

Babylon Public Library, 24 South Carll Ave., Babylon
Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 5, 12, 26; February 2, 9, 23, and March 16, 2015.
Contact: 669-1624

 

Center Moriches Library, 235 Main St., Center Moriches
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, and March 10, 2015
Contact: 878-0940 

 

Southside Hospital, 301 East Main St., Bay Shore
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 19, 26, and March 19, 2015.
Contact: 968-3587 

 

Cancer & Blood Specialists of Long Island, 270 Pulaski Road Suite D, Greenlawn
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 17, 2015.
Contact: 351-2385

 

HRHCare at Coram Health Center. 82 Middle Country Road, Coram
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 22, 29; February 5, 19, 26 March 5, and March 26, 2015.
Contact: 320-2220 x 52165

The classes are free to Suffolk County residents, though there may be a fee for medication if a participant is medically eligible. Call 853-4017 for more information.

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