Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project on TV

On Tuesday, June 27, 2016, Debbie Riscica and Deen Cohen of Central Jersey Family Health Consortium's Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project were interviewed by Melissa Chalker, Deputy Director of the NJ Foundation for the Aging.  The interview, which is set to air sometime in August, took place at the Piscataway Community Television Station, Piscataway, NJ. PCTV is Piscataway's public television station, Channel 15 on Cablevision and Channel 40 on Verizon FiOS.  For additional information on PCTV call 732-562-2305.

Melissa is the host of the network's show titled, "Aging Insights," a program that offers pertinent and ongoing health information from many aspects of life for older adults.

In this broadcast, Debbie and Deena discussed a wide range of smoking-related topics including the risks and long term effects of exposure to tobacco products, including second and third hand smoke, as well as the risks posed by the increasingly popular electronic delivery systems-vaping, e-cigarettes, hookah pens, etc.

Intervention and treatment options for smoking cessation were also highlighted.  These include the use of the nicotine patch, nicotine gum and certain prescription medications that can assist those addicted to reduce and eliminate the use of these products.

Both Debbie and Deena are certified Tobacco Specialists and are eager to provide cost-free, six week smoking cessation groups to women of childbearing age. Agencies or groups interested can contact them at (732) 937-5427 for additional information and assistance.