Help Teens Become Smokefree: Become a NOT on Tobacco Facilitator

Training to be held in Nassau County on April 23rd

(March 25, 2010)

The American Lung Association in New York announced that it will be offering its 'Not On Tobacco' (N-O-T) facilitator training at the Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services in Uniondale on Friday, April 23, 2010. The one-day training, which prepares individuals to deliver the program in local schools and in the community, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The training is being offered free of charge and mini-grants of $500 each are available to assist program graduates in running their programs.

"Extensive evaluation has proven that our  N-O-T program helps many teens quit smoking entirely," said Scott T. Santarella, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in New York " Even those who don't quit greatly reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke, which is often the first step to quitting.  This training is a great opportunity for people who want to make a positive difference in the lives of teens by helping them quit smoking once and for all."

The N-O-T program is an evidence-based, medically sound smoking cessation program for teenagers that was developed by researchers at West Virginia University.  The program offers a supportive, structured environment that motivates lifelong behavior change.

The comprehensive N-O-T curriculum meets the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Guidelines for School Health Programs. N-O-T is the only smoking cessation program to have been named a Model Program by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)

Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be American Lung Association certified facilitators. All program graduates will be supplied with a N-O-T curriculum, a CD of all materials, a PDF file of the "Alternative to Suspension" program and access to the N-O-T facilitator website.

Those interested in pre-registering for the program can download a printable registration form by visiting  Those with further questions about the program should contact Marianne Zacharia via email at, or by phone at (631) 265-3848 ext. 19. The deadline for pre-registration is April 16, 2010.

For more information about the N-O-T program go to