Quit Smoking Program
The 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
How we can help you quit smoking:
The combination of support, behavior modification (helping you develop new healthy habits), and nicotine replacement products can double your success at quitting smoking.
All our quit smoking programs offer 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.
Here are the programs Put It Out Rockland offers. Find one that is right for you:
What you get: Up to four, 30 minute sessions with a cessation (quit smoking) specialist providing you with support, encouragement and assistance during the often challenging time of quitting smoking. Sessions are spread out over a 6-week period and you can receive up to an 8-week supply of nicotine replacement products if you are medically eligible.
Quit Smoking Classes
What you get: 10 sessions over 8-weeks gives you an opportunity to learn about the harmful effects of tobacco and to work with other smokers who are trying to quit. The classes are suitable for groups of 11 or more people. The cessation (quit smoking) specialist guides the group through the quitting process.You can receive up to 8-weeks of nicotine replacement products.
Small Group Classes
What you get: 4-half hour sessions that meet over a 5-week period of time. This works for small groups of 3 to 10 people and can take place at your work site, community organization or other community sites.
You MUST register for our programs by either calling or faxing a form to us.
- By Fax: Please download, printout, and fax the completed Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Eligibility Form to 364-3837 to register. Our cessation specialist will call you to schedule a series of appointments.
- By Telephone: You can also call us to register and for more information at: 364-2651.
For help to quit smoking, you can also call
The New York State Smokers Quitline at
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:
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:
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:
Find out how to deal with stress while you are trying to quit.
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