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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 093-07
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Health Department:
(212) 788-5290
Jessica Scaperotti (jscapero@health.nyc.gov)
Sara Markt (smarkt@health.nyc.gov)
Celina De Leon (cdeleon@health.nyc.gov)

HHC :
(212) 788-3339
James Saunders (james.saunders@nychhc.org)


HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE AWAY FREE NICOTINE PATCHES DURING THE 2007 GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT

Annual Smokeout Will be Observed Thursday, November 15, 2007

NEW YORK CITY - November 14, 2007 - The Health Department is partnering with city hospitals, community organizations and clinics to observe this year's Great American Smokeout by giving away nicotine patches at sites across the five boroughs, the agency announced today. The Smokeout, a national tradition that dates back more than three decades, will take place on Thursday, November 15th, this year. Up to a third of the nation's 46 million smokers typically quit smoking for at least a day during the event. The goal of the local giveaway is to help more of them quit for good. Cigarettes – the city's leading cause of preventable death – kill 8,000 New Yorkers every year.

"If you smoke, quitting is the single most important thing you can do for your health," said Sarah Perl, the Health Department's Assistant Commissioner for Tobacco Control. "Besides helping you live longer, quitting helps you feel better and look better now. If you can't do it alone, try using nicotine patches. They can double your chances of quitting successfully."

"We urge all smokers to take the Great American Smokeout challenge," said Tamara Ehlin, Director of Community Health Initiatives at the American Cancer Society, Brooklyn Region. "Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. Nicotine patches can really make the difference."

"Nicotine patches make quitting easier," said Kerry Gillespie, director of Staten Island University Hospital's smoking cessation program, "but they're not magic bullets. Successful quitting requires changes in thought and behavior. We have helped thousands of Staten Island residents quit smoking through a combination of nicotine patches and behavioral change counseling."

The following sites will offer nicotine patches supplied by the Health Department on Thursday, November 15*, on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for Times and Locations. The city's Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is also handing out free patches at hospitals; please visit www.nyc.gov/hhc for Locations.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MEDIA:

Health Department : (212) 788-5290
Jessica Scaperotti (jscapero@health.nyc.gov)
Sara Markt (smarkt@health.nyc.gov)
Celina De Leon (cdeleon@health.nyc.gov)

HHC : (212) 788-3339
James Saunders (james.saunders@nychhc.org)

Bronx

Event Sponsor

Location

Type

Time

South Bronx Asthma Partnership and Community Education Center at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital
1650 Grand Concourse, 2nd Floor
Murray Cohen Auditorium

Patch Distribution

1 - 4 PM

Our Lady of Mercy
Emergency Department

Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center
600 E. 233rd St.
Main Hospital Lobby

Patch Distribution

10 AM - 4 PM

Bronx Community College Health Service Office

CUNY Bronx Community College
West 181st St. & University Ave. at Meister Hall (on campus)

Patch Distribution

11AM - 2 PM

 

Brooklyn

Event Sponsor

Location

Type

Time

New York City Health Department

Atlantic Center Mall
625 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Floor,
Next to the Department of Motor Vehicles

Patch Distribution

10 AM - 4 PM

MHRA  Maternity Infant Care (MIC) Program

MIC / Women's Health Services
Bushwick Health Center
335 Central Ave., 2nd Floor

Patch Distribution

9 AM - 4 PM

MHRA  Maternity Infant Care (MIC) Program

MIC / Women's Health Services
Eastern Parkway Health Center
1783 Eastern Parkway

Patch Distribution

9 AM - 4 PM

American Cancer Society
Brooklyn Chapter

St. Francis College
180 Remsen St., Main Floor
McArdle Student Center

Patch Distribution

 12 - 2 PM

Heilbrunn Nursing Center,
Long Island University School of Nursing and Long Island University School of Health Professions

Luntney Commons – Metcalf Building
1 University Plaza
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus

Patch Distribution

11 AM -  2 PM


Manhattan


Event Sponsor

Location

Type

Time

New York City Health Department

Foley Square CANCELLED
Please go to lobby of 125 Worth Street.

Patch Distribution

12 - 3 PM

New York City Health Department

New York State Office Building
CANCELLED
Please go to lobby of Harlem District Public Health Office at 158 E. 115th Street.

 

Patch Distribution

12 - 4 PM

New York City Health Department

Union Square
CANCELLED
Nicotine patches are available at lobby of 125 Worth Street.

Patch Distribution

11 AM - 5 PM

New York University
Health Promotion Office

New York University
Campus-wide

Patch Distribution
"Quit & Win" contest

10 AM - 7 PM

St. Luke's Roosevelt Smoking Cessation Program
Division of Pulmonary Care and Sleep Medicine

CUNY John Jay College
North Hall Building Lobby
445 W. 59th St.

Patch Distribution

9 AM - 2 PM

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center Smoke Free Project

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center
208 W. 13th St.
Lobby and C-Word event (cancer awareness)

Patch Distribution

5 - 8 PM Lobby
6:30 - 9 PM C-Word event (cancer awareness)

Bodies … The Exhibition Education Department

Bodies … The Exhibition
South Street Seaport Exhibition Centre
11 Fulton St. (corner of Front St.)

Testimonial speakers to school groups
and
Patch Distribution to adults

10 AM - 2 PM

Baruch College
Health Service Office

CUNY Baruch College
55 Lexington Ave., Vertical Campus,
2nd Floor Auditorium

Patch Distribution

12:30 – 4 PM


Queens


Event Sponsor

Location

Type

Time

New York City Health Department

Intermediate School 8
109-35 167th St.

School presentations and Patch Distribution for adults

10 AM - 2 PM

Queensborough Community College

CUNY Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Ave.
Science Building Lobby

Patch Distribution

12 - 2 PM


Staten Island


Event Sponsor

Location

Type

Time

Richmond University Medical Center

Kids Against Tobacco Mini-Film Festival
Richmond University Medical Center MLB Conference Room 355 Bard Ave.

Teen
Mini-Film Festival.
No patches

12:30 - 2 PM

American Cancer Society
Staten Island Chapter

Staaten Restaurant
697 Forrest Ave.

"The Nurse as Ambassador To Good Health" Conference
Patch Distribution

8 AM - 3 PM

Staten Island YMCA

3939 Richmond Ave.

Patch Distribution

9 AM - 6 PM

Project Hospitality

Project Hospitality SHINE Center
150 B Richmond Terrace

Patch Distribution

10 AM - 4 PM

Project Hospitality

Project Hospitality Recovery Clinic 358 St. Mark's Place

Patch Distribution

10 AM - 4 PM

Staten Island University Hospital Smoking Cessation Program

Staten Island Ferry Terminal,
St. George (Staten Island side)

Patch Distribution

6 - 9 AM

Staten Island University Hospital Smoking Cessation Program

 SIUH North Site,
475 Seaview Ave., Main Lobby

Patch Distribution

11AM - 4 PM

Staten Island University Hospital Smoking Cessation Program

SIUH North Site
475 Seaview Ave., at the Nalitt-Center Complementary Medicine Conference Room

Smoking and Health Lecture and Patch Distribution

5 - 6 PM

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