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Physicians Services Program by VNS Westchester.

Smoking Cessation

We encourage your patients to quit  

VNS Westchester’s smoking cessation program is designed to help our patients stop smoking and reduce smoking rates by incorporating education and support into our agency’s culture. Our nurses and rehabilitation staff, as well our patient case managers, include tobacco use as a negative health behavior that needs to be addressed with the patient during the home visit. We work closely with our patients, giving them the tools and encouragement they need to help in the quit process.

Funded by VNS Westchester for our homebound patients, our smoking cessation program has been expanded to include not only our patients and their families, but also residents of the communities we serve. We are a valued provider of smoking cessation services to local hospitals, medical groups and other organizations concerned with the health of their population.  Our smoking cessation specialist, Sara Oppenheim-Somerville, has more than eight years of experience working with smokers and is a consulting hypnotist (certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists and IACT, the International Association of Counselors and Therapists).

Ms. Oppenheim-Somerville runs smoking cessation workshops both in-house and at partner organizations. The workshops are based on the American Lung Association’s “5 A’s” approach and use the “Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence” Clinical Practice Guideline, sponsored by the Public Health Service. Our workshops reflect our experience as a premier provider of smoking cessation services in the area.

Program objectives:

  • Empower our clinical staff to address tobacco use in our patient population, their families and the communities we serve
  • Decrease the social acceptance of tobacco use and promote its cessation
  • Eliminate exposure to second- and third-hand smoke


  • Provide our patients, their families and the communities we serve with access to our Smoking Cessation Specialist and provide up-to-date information on the harmful effects of smoking and second- and third-hand smoke
  • Provide a clear and concise message about ways to quit, including information on medications and resources available (such as hypnosis)

For more information on our Smoking Cessation Program, please contact Sara Oppenheim-Somerville at 914-682-1480, ext. 766, or email