Quit Smoking Now

“Quitting smoking is the single most important thing that our patients can do to improve the health of themselves and their families”, said Dr. Robert Morantz, Program Medical Director.

The Neighborhood Health Clinic is proud to host the Everglades Health Education Center’s Quit Smoking Now program. This program is FREE of charge and open to ALL members of the community.

All patients of the Neighborhood Health Clinic who smoke are required to attend the class.

For more information on how to participate in the next QSN class hosted at the Neighborhood Health Clinic, please call the Clinic at 239.261.6600.

Click here for a full schedule of sessions offered by the Everglades Area Health Education Center.

Class Agenda:

Participants are provided the following to help them quit smoking:

  • Quit Smoking Now Participant Workbook
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (gum, lozenges and patches – to those who are eligible and while supplies last)

Quit Smoking Now! Team:

Dr. Morantz
Program Medical Director
Donald Stitt
Program Volunteer

Quit Smoking Now! is currently recruiting for 2 volunteers.  If you are interested in joining the team please click here to complete the volunteer application.


Everglades Area Health Education Center

The Quit Smoking Now Program, hosted at the Neighborhood Health Clinic, is sponsored by the Everglades Area Health Education Center and is  provided through the tobacco settlements. EAHEC offers free classes in Ten Florida Counties. For more information on the Everglades Area Education Center please visit their website at www.eahectobacco.com.

EAHEC Offers These Tips to Quit Smoking Now:

  • Set a Quit Date. Once a person has decided to quit, it’s time to pick the all-important Quit Date. Make sure it’s pretty soon – like maybe in the next month. Choosing one too far in the future makes it easier to rationalize a way out of it. There also needs to be enough time to get prepared. Then it’s time to come up with a solid plan.
  • Set up a support system. Tell others of your plan and ask for their support. Ask a friend to quit with you. You can talk with a friend who has successfully quit and is willing to help.
  • Avoid high-risk situations where the urge to smoke is strong. Avoid situations where others are using tobacco.


Volunteers identify, interview, and enroll appropriate patients in the smoking cessation class. They enter data on the participant’s progress, call to confirm attendance, and work with the program coordinator. They ensure the program provides the maximum benefit to our patients.

Please click here if you have the desire to make a tremendous positive impact on the health of our working, uninsured patients and apply to become a volunteer.

Neighborhood Health Clinic Offers Patients an Opportunity to Quit Smoking – By Chuck Curry

While November 17 marks the 36th annual “Great Smoke-Out” across the country, for the Neighborhood Health Clinic it represents an opportunity to give patients confidence in all areas of a person’s life.

If you can stop smoking, you can develop the strength to begin and maintain an all-encompassing healthy lifestyle. “Quitting smoking is the most important thing that patients can do for their health,” said Dr. Robert Morantz.

Morantz, a neurosurgeon who became a medical volunteer at the Clinic since his retirement, was on the organization’s board in 2008 when it made sure the clinic looked forward in patients’ medical care and not just immediate concerns. “We were not really doing much in the area of preventing illness before then,” said Morantz. “We absolutely had to have a smoking cessation program.”

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Wayne’s Experience

“I have been able to modify the suggestions from the class to what works for me. So far I have been successful. I have not smoked since the quit date. This is a good support group!”


“I have been able to modify the suggestions from the class to what works for me. So far I have been successful. I have not smoked since the quit date. This is a good support group!”

Marsha’s Experience

“Listening to others in the group has been my biggest help. The support is great. It is really nice to talk to people who understand what I am going through. I don’t want to smoke anymore. This is huge for me because I have been smoking since the age of 17.”