Last updated: July 6, 2021
It’s Quitting Time!
According to the federal Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, responsible for nearly 500,000 deaths annually. An estimated 49,000 deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure. In Anne Arundel County, about 1 in 6 adults and teens smokes. No wonder lung cancer is the county’s leading cancer killer.
What can you do to quit or help someone you know quit smoking?
- Order or download a FREE Quit Smoking Kit or call the Learn To Live Line at 410-222-7979 for information on any of the following resources.
- Award-winning Roadmap To Quitting booklet
- Power to Quit booklet, a guide to help African Americans stop smoking.
- smokeFreeTXT messaging service
- free 24/7 Live Quit Coach
- free apps to quit smoking
- Sign up for a quit smoking program. People 18 or older who live, work or attend school in Anne Arundel County can get free help to quit smoking. The following programs offer free counseling and quit smoking aids. You must attend counseling sessions to receive quit smoking aids. Class details are subject to change; call the programs for updates.
Bay Community Health
Formerly Owensville Primary Care
134 Owensville Road, West River
6131 Shady Side Road, Shady Side
443-607-1432 (Behavioral Health) or 410-867-4700 (Medical)
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center
301 Hospital Drive,
410-553-8103 (Community Outreach Department) or click here
More Cessation Tools
- Call or go to the Maryland Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Get FREE 24/7 quit smoking counseling services over the phone, by text or online. Nicotine replacement therapy is offered by mail and online support programs.
- The services below are available for teens and pregnant women also.
- Get more information on avoiding or ending tobacco use. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a one-stop access site, BeTobaccoFree.gov, offering the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information. This resource provides general information on tobacco, as well as federal and state laws and policies, health statistics and evidence-based methods on how to quit.
View these websites for more information about smoking cessation and tobacco use prevention.
- American Cancer Society
- American Lung Association
- Become An Ex Smoker
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Maryland Smoke Free Apartments
- The National Cancer Institute
- Smokefree Women
- Truth Initiative
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Indoor Air Quality
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration