interested in quitting smoking? join our free tobacco cessation classes!

The Smoking Cessation Program is a 10-week program to help individuals quit using tobacco products. With the assistance of a certified quit coach, participants will develop their own personalized plan to help them reach their goals. The program includes 8 weekly core sessions followed by 2 additional support sessions. Participants will be provided with a cessation workbook and will also receive incentives for participating. Vouchers for free nicotine replacement therapy are also available to all participants. Classes are at the following locations: 

  • Tuesday’s: 11am-12pm, Princess Anne Library (11767 Beechwood St., Princess Anne, MD 21853) 
  • Tuesday’s: 3pm – 4pm, Crisfield Library (100 Collins St., Crisfield, MD 21817) 

Virtual or in-person one-on-one appointments available. 

For More Information Contact:
Alyssa Rink, BS, CHES 
443-523-1700

 

 

 

interested in quitting vaping? join our free youth cessation classes! 

The Vaping Cessation Program is a 10-week program to help individuals quit using vaping products. With the assistance of a certified quit coach, participants will develop their own personalized plan to help them reach their goals. The program includes 8 weekly core sessions followed by 2 additional support sessions. Participants will be provided with a cessation workbook and will also receive incentives for participating. Vouchers for free nicotine replacement therapy are also available to all participants. 

 

Virtual or in-person one-on-one appointments available. 

For More Information Contact:
Alyssa Rink, BS, CHES 
443-523-1700

smoking harms nearly every organ in the body

Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. 

secondhand smoke 

Exposure to secondhand smoke, even for a short time, can be harmful to both children and adults.

  • Anyone who is exposed to it, even for a short time. Secondhand smoke can cause health problems in children and adults, and can even be deadly. Since 1964, about 2,500,000 people who do not smoke have died from health problems caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

How Secondhand Smoke Harms Adults

  • Even if you have never smoked, secondhand smoke can still cause:
    • Heart disease
    • Lung cancer
    • Stroke

Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to your heart and blood vessels.

How Secondhand Smoke Harms Children

  • Because their bodies are still growing, infants and young children are especially vulnerable to health risks from secondhand smoke.
  • Babies who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to die unexpectedly from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also called crib death, than babies who are not exposed to smoke from burning tobacco products.
  • Babies exposed to secondhand smoke in the womb or after birth are born and grow up with weaker lungs than babies that are not exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • Babies and children who breathe secondhand smoke are sick more often with bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections than those that are not exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • For children with asthma, breathing secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack.

can’t hide smoke in the home 

 

  • Smoking in another room like a bathroom or bedroom can still spread secondhand smoke through the air in your home. In an apartment building, secondhand smoke can go in between apartments.
  • Smoking outside in a hall or stairwell does not protect children inside. Smoke goes under doors, windows, and through cracks.
  • Opening a window or using a fan does not protect children from secondhand smoke.
  • Air purifiers and air fresheners do not remove secondhand smoke.
  • Smoke from one cigarette can stay in a room for hours. Don’t smoke at home, even when children aren’t there.
  • Separating people who smoke from those who don’t smoke, cleaning the air and ventilating buildings does not fully protect children or adults from secondhand smoke.

Maryland’s quitline 

1-800 quit logoThe Maryland Tobacco Quitline is a FREE service for Marylanders provided by the Department of Health. Get 24-7 counseling and support consisting of telephone sessions with a trained Quit Coach, nicotine replacement therapy (4 weeks free of patch or gum to eligible clients), web based services, recorded messages, texts, and/or literature. Coaches provide quitting tips and techniques, and help participants create a personalized quit plan. Special services are available to teens and to pregnant women. Services are also available in Spanish. Visit their site for more information – Maryland Tobacco Quitline. 

Call them at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569).

it’s the law. 

The minimum sales age for all tobacco products in Maryland is 21 (“T21”). This includes sales of all electronic smoking devices—e-cigarettes, vapes, pod devices such as JUUL®, e-liquids, and component parts and accessories. 




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