PIOR.jpgThe Rockland County Department of Health can help you quit smoking and learn how to  protect yourself and your family from second hand smoke. If you or someone you love is ready to quit smoking or needs information, we're here to help. We have the skills and experience to help you become smoke free. Call us at (845) 364-2651 to quit smoking now!

Our program works! We were featured in the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, the professional journal of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Commissioner of Health said "We are proud of the efforts of our staff and partners in designing and implementing this successful program, which not only saved money in tobacco-related health care costs, but more importantly, saved lives."  Check us out at: The American Journal of Public Health

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The combination of support, behavior modification (helping you develop new healthy habits), and nicotine replacement products can double your success at quitting smoking. Our quit smoking program offers nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), support and behavior change techniques. They are low cost and available to any one who lives, works, or attends school in Rockland County.
 
One-0n-One Program
What you get: Up to four, 30-minute sessions with a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist who provides you with support, encouragement and assistance during the often challenging time of quitting smoking. Sessions are spread out over a six-week period, and you can receive up to an eight-week supply of nicotine replacement products if you are medically eligible. 
 
Mini-Group Program for Worksites
What you get: A four-session program for three - seven people that fits nicely into a lunch time, and meets over a period of five weeks. The program is led by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist who provides you with support, encouragement and assistance during the often challenging time of quitting smoking. You can receive up to an eight-week supply of nicotine replacement products if you are medically eligible.
 
You MUST register for our programs. Call us at (845) 364-2651 to register or for more information. 

For help to quit smoking, you can also call 
The New York State Smokers Quitline
 at
1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487).


Why should you quit smoking? Here's what's in a cigarette that makes it so bad for you:

Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals; many of them cause cancer.  Here are just a few of the harmful ingredients:

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Before you take that next drag, think about exactly what you're putting into your body.  Cigarettes are the one product that when used as directed can kill you!


Here's what smoking can do to your body:

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Smokers inhale over 4,000 chemicals into their lungs. Around 40 of the chemicals are known to cause cancer. Tar (a collection of many tiny particles from the burning cigarette) is deposited on the respiratory tract. This causes an increase in risk of asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. Read more about the health effects of smoking.

Here are some tips to help you get control of your cravings so you can live smoke free:

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Find out how to deal with stress while you are trying to quit.

 

 

Talking to Your Patients About Quitting Smoking

When health professionals speak, smokers listen. Many studies have shown that people really do pay attention when their doctors advise them to quit smoking. Put It Out Rockland advises all health care practitioners to follow the "5 A's" protocol when speaking to your patients.

Just a few minutes of your time could increase a person's chance of quitting by 16%!

  • Ask every patient at every visit, including hospital admissions: "Have you used any tobacco products in the past two weeks?"
    • If they answer "yes," go to the next step,
  • Advise every tobacco user to quit with a personalized message about the benefits of quitting.
  • Assess if the user is willing to quit at this time or if not provide resources.
  • Assist every patient who is ready to quit (within the next two to four weeks) by referring them to the Put It Out Rockland Program at 845-364-2651
  • Arrange for follow-up counseling on next visit.

If your patient is not ready to quit at this time, provide informational literature or self help materials that might motivate the patient to think about quitting.

Check out all the recommendations in this Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians.