Paul Encourages Smokers To Participate In Nov. 15 Great American Smokeout To Get Important Quit-Smoking Support

New City, NY (Nov. 14, 2018) – Rockland County will mark the Great American Smokeout tomorrow, a day set aside each year to show support for smokers to they’ll try to kick the potentially-deadly habit in the name of a healthier lifestyle.

“Quitting smoking is very challenging, but the rewards make the effort well worth it,” Legislator Aney Paul said. “With the right support, including counseling and medications, the chances for success can greatly improve.”

This year, Nov. 15 has been declared Great American Smokeout Day in Rockland County, with a proclamation introduced by Legislator Paul.

The proclamation was presented to Denise Hogan, a lung cancer survivor and the Project Manager for POW’R Against Tobacco, to encourage Rockland residents to quit smoking.

“The number of people who smoke in Rockland County has consistently declined and is now at a low of 7 percent,” Hogan said. “That is not by accident. People are aware of the dangers of tobacco and its byproducts and have successfully committed themselves to change. Quitting is hard, but I am proof that it can be done.”

POW’R Against Tobacco promotes and educates the public about tobacco-free communities and the harmful effects of tobacco use in Putnam, Orange, Westchester, and Rockland counties.

Paul holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and has been a nurse for more than 30 years. She has sponsored healthy lifestyle education events and worked to successfully pass local laws related to smoking, including banning electronic cigarettes in public facilities such as restaurants, bars and other places where tobacco use is prohibited.

One of her most success efforts resulted in the passage of a new County law earlier this year that bans the sale of all tobacco products to those under the age of 21 – a ban that includes not only cigarettes and cigars but chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes, or ecigs, which have become popular among young people despite growing concerns about the health impacts. The law is meant to put a halt to smoking for youths before they ever get started.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.

While cigarette smoking rates have dropped from 42 percent in 1965 to 15.1 percent in 2015, cigar, pipe, and hookah use – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are on the rise.

Smoking kills people – there is no “safe” way to smoke tobacco, according to the American Cancer Society.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully, according to the American Cancer Society, which sponsors the Great American Smokeout to raise awareness about the need to quit smoking and the availability of help when it comes to quitting.

Here are some tips:

  • Call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-697-8487 to order a free two-week supply of nicotine replacement patches.
  • Visit quitting assistance or to get “quit-tips” sent to your smart phone.
  • Visit the American Cancer Society for tips on quitting and ways non-smokers can help smokers.
  • Participate in the Rockland County Health Department’s Put It Out Rockland Program. The low-cost program provides a combination of support, behavior modification (helping you develop new healthy habits), and nicotine replacement products to increase your chances of quitting. Open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Rockland County. Call the Health Department’s Tobacco Cessation Specialist at (845) 364-2651 or visit Quit Smoking Rockland for more information.

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