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Stop Smoking Programs

Stop Smoking Programs

Research shows that 90% of all adult smokers begin while in their teens, or earlier, and two-thirds become regular, daily smokers before they reach the age of 19. Cigarette marketing is more prevalent in stores where adolescents frequently shop. Exposure to tobacco marketing in stores is a primary cause of youth smoking. Young people are almost twice as likely as adults to recall tobacco advertising. In New York State, the average consumer is exposed to 1,140 cigarette ads in stores per year. Tobacco displays provide a visual cue that can trigger impulse purchasing among tobacco users, including those who are trying to quit. Advertising in retail outlets accounted for 90% of the tobacco industry's $12.5 billion marketing budget in 2006.

North Shore-LIJ Health System has developed community education programs for schools, civic associations and other community-based groups to increase the awareness of the marketing of tobacco products to youth. If you would like more information on these programs, please contact Nancy Copperman at (516) 465-2500.

Smoke-Free Outdoor Air and Smoke-Free Housing
Tobacco kills more New Yorkers annually than AIDS, drugs, homicide and suicide combined. Each year in the United States, secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for 150,000–300,000 new cases of bronchitis and pneumonia in children aged less than 18 months. This results in 7,500–15,000 hospitalizations every year.

To combat this health hazard, North Shore-LIJ Health System has worked with community organizations to educate the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke and to establish and implement smoke-free outdoor air policies that prohibit smoking both inside and on the grounds of their facilities.

Smoke-free outdoor air and smoke-free housing policies have been shown to:

  • Protect people, especially children, from exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Encourage stopping of tobacco use
  • Honor the rights of employees, customers, residents and visitors to breathe clean air
  • Set an example for the youth of our community
  • Decrease tobacco litter and related hazards associated with discarded cigarette butts – fire, accidental ingestion by children, hazards to wildlife
  • Reduce environmental toxicity and facilitate the preservation of land and water for conservational and recreational purposes

To show their commitment to promoting public health in the communities they serve, the following Queens community organizations have voluntarily established smoke-free outdoor policies:

  • Central Queens Y, 67-09 109th Street, Forest Hills
  • Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck
  • Deepdale Cares NORC, 57-17 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck
  • SNAP Senior Center, 80-45 Winchester Boulevard, Queens Village

If you would like more information on how your organization can establish smoke-free outdoor air or smoke-free housing policies, please contact the Office of Community and Public Health at (516) 465-2500..

Stop Smoking Services
North Shore-LIJ Health System offers several programs to help you stop smoking.

Nassau, Suffolk and Queens:
Learn about the Center for Tobacco Controlat North Shore-LIJ.

Learn about the tobacco dependence support groups at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Staten Island:
The Smoking Cessation Program at Staten Island University Hospital is a comprehensive program based on the "Fresh Start" from the American Cancer Society. Several innovative components have been added to increase the effectiveness of your goal to stop smoking. The program includes the essential information and strategies needed to direct your efforts to quit. We will help you develop coping techniques to better manage the physiological and psychological factors of an addiction to tobacco.

Classes are held twice a week for four weeks and are available in Spanish. At the completion of the program, we offer a support group to reinforce your resolve to kick smoking once and for all.

To learn more, call (718) 226-6125.

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