Islip Town Supervisor Announces FREE Smoking Cessation Classes

January 7th, 2019 – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter is encouraging residents who use tobacco products to start 2019 on a healthy note by signing up for FREE smoking cessation classes. The classes, offered by the Suffolk County Department of Health in conjunction with Good Samaritan Hospital, will begin in late January. 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.

“Cigarette smoking is one of the toughest habits to break,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “I urge anyone who currently uses tobacco or e-cigarettes to sign up for this FREE course. Give the gift of health to yourself and to your loved ones this year, by quitting smoking in 2019,” she added.

“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,” said Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

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.

Upcoming Classes
Good Samaritan Hospital
1000 Montauk Highway, Infusion Center
West Islip, NY
Dates: Monday, January 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4, 11
Reunion: April 1, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


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