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VNS Westchester is a home care services provider for Westchester, Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam & Rockalnd counties.

Smoking Cessation

We give you the tools to quit

After a lifetime of smoking, patients often have difficulty quitting despite the enormous health risks. Through a program of sustained education and support, we work with patients on strategies that can help even heavy smokers kick the habit.

Our nurses, rehabilitation staff and patient case managers include tobacco use as a negative health behavior that needs to be addressed with patients during our home visits. They discuss the dangers of smoking with patients, educating them about the harm they are doing to their health and to others exposed to second-hand smoke. We also give patients and families the tools and encouragement they need to implement a plan to stop smoking for good, based on the American Lung Association’s five “A’s” approach for quitting tobacco use.

Training, support and one-on-one patient counseling is also provided by our smoking cessation specialist who works closely with our clinical staff to achieve patient goals. Funded by VNS Westchester through community support, this complementary care program is an important adjunct to our core services.