Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

January 14, 2020
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


NEW CITY, NY - - Make quitting smoking your New Year's resolution. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want you to follow these tips from the Health Department's Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program to help you quit in the New Year:

  1.  Write down your reasons for quitting: List the reasons you want to quit and think of the benefits.
  2.  Find support: The help and encouragement from supportive friends or family members can get you through the rough spots.
  3.  Eat smart: To minimize possible weight gain when quitting, keep healthful, low-fat, low-calorie foods, and sugar- free candies available. Reach for fruits and raw vegetables when you crave a cigarette.
  4.  Drink water: Water will help flush out the chemicals and nicotine from your system and help you through a craving. Sip cold water slowly or through a straw.
  5.  Get your sleep: Try to get eight hours of sleep every night. When you're tired, your cravings will seem stronger, and you'll have less energy to deal with them.
  6.  Get moving: If you already have a daily physical activity routine, great, if not, choose something you enjoy doing. For example, walking is a low impact activity that is good for most people, and it helps fight the urge to smoke. Go for a 15-minute walk when you're feeling edgy; you'll come back refreshed and relaxed - physical activity releases "feel-good" hormones in your body.
  7.  Praise yourself: Your determination to quit smoking is built one day at a time. Every smoke-free day makes you stronger. Take time to think about the value of what you're doing; pat yourself on the back and say, "Good job!"
  8.  Learn about the dangers of smoking: If you're like most smokers, you avoid looking at the damage smoking causes to yourself and those around you.
  9.  Let it go: Most cravings last three to five minutes. Think of them as signs that your body is healing, then quickly replace the urge with something positive to do.
  10.  Don't ruin your quit attempt: Don't start feeling sorry that you can't smoke. Realize you are choosing not to smoke because you want to be free of this addiction. Quitting smoking is a gift you give yourself, not a sacrifice.
  11.  Be patient: Give yourself the gift of time and patience. You need to undo old patterns and replace them with newer, healthier choices.
  12.  Don't let fear stop you: Every smoker knows the fear that comes the day before your quit date arrives. Put It Out Rockland advises: "Don't let fear stop you before you try." You can get through the craving! The rewards of quitting are well worth the effort it takes to quit.
  13.  Get help to successfully quit smoking: call the Rockland County Health Department's Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program at (845) 364-2651 for one-on-one help with quitting and low-cost nicotine replacement products or call the New York State Smokers' Quitline at (1-866-697-8487) to order your free two-week supply of nicotine replacement patches and visit for quitting assistance or to get "quit-tips" sent to your smartphone.

"Make 2020 the year you quit smoking for good. You can more than double your chances of being successful at quitting by using nicotine replacement products, such as the patch, gum, or lozenge, along with a behavior change program like the Health Department's Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program. Take back control of your health and your life. You are worth it!" said Dr. Ruppert. For more information, call the Health Department's Tobacco Cessation Specialist at (845) 364-2651 or visit