Library to Host Stop-Smoking Classes

Are you looking to quit smoking but need some help? Consider signing up for classes sponsored by the Suffolk County Department of Health.

The East Northport Public Library will host the free seven-week class on Thursdays starting Sept. 12, from 6-7 p.m. Dates are September 12, 19, 26, October 10, 17, 24, Reunion: November 14.

 The Learn to Be…Tobacco Free program offers assistance with planning, support, counseling and provides over-the counter medications to participants who are medically eligible.

Dr. James Tomarken, commissioner of Suffolk County Department of Health Services, said: “We know more than ever about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to tobacco cessation.  Studies have shown that tobacco users who try to break their addiction with behavioral support are more likely to be successful than those who try to do so without support.”

The Office of Health Education staff has been facilitating tobacco cessation services through the Learn to Be …Tobacco Free program for 18 years, serving more than 19,000 residents. The program is a seven-week course that uses a comprehensive approach in the treatment of tobacco product dependence. Educational and behavioral strategies are provided to assist the patient in developing a quit plan to eliminate the use of tobacco products or electronic nicotine delivery systems, also called ENDS. The program also provides over-the counter medications for a fee to participants who are medically eligible.

To register for the Learn to Be Tobacco Free program, contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at 631-853-2928. Registration for the program is open until the second week of each session.

The library is at 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY 11731

Contact: Linda 631-853-3187 to register.

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