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Suffolk adds smoking-cessation classes for Nov.

This file photo shows a smoker. (April 22,

This file photo shows a smoker. (April 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

In its effort to help residents become tobacco-free, Suffolk County will be ramping up its smoking-cessation program next month, starting six new six-session classes that run through December, health officials said Wednesday.

Next month sees the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21, a day on which people are encouraged to either quit or make a plan to quit.

"Quitting smoking is hard," said Dr. James L. Tomarken, the county's health commissioner, "but with support, a person can greatly increase his or her chances of being successful."

Varying numbers of classes are offered each month free of charge, a health department spokeswoman said.

Programs starting next month:

* Eastern Long Island Hospital, 201 Manor Place, Greenport

Monday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23

(Contact: 631-477-5121)

* Longwood Public Library (held at Longwood High School), 100 Longwood Rd., Middle Island

Monday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23

(Contact: 631-924-6400)

* Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach

Tuesday, 6 to 7 p.m., Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17

(Contact: 631-585-9393)

Hampton Library, 2478 Main St., Bridgehampton

Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17

(Contact: 631-537-0015)

Department of Health Services, 725 Veterans Hwy., Hauppauge

Thursday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 7, 14, 21; Dec. 5, 12, 19

(Contact: 631-853-3187)

Department of Health Services, 3500 Sunrise Hwy., Bldg. 200, Great River

Friday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 15, 22, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20

Contact: 631-853-3187)

See suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices.aspx

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