Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., but about 24 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Quitting smoking will protect your health, the health of your loved ones and add years to your life.

The first step to quitting is creating a plan:

-choose a quit date
-get rid of all the tobacco, cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car and workplace
-identify triggers that make you want to smoke so you can avoid them
-inform family, friends and coworkers that you’re quitting so they can support you
-have options to turn to for help with staying on track
-have oral substitutes on hand such as sugarless gum, carrot sticks or hard candy, for when cravings strike

Quitting is difficult, but you can increase your chances of success with help. At HealthAlliance, we offer a free smoking cessation program. For more information, call 845-339-2071, ext. 100. For additional support services call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit

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