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 5 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.
Send a friend an e-mailabout the dangers of cigars. This page provides information about cigars and how they are just as addictive as cigarettes and are not a safe alternative.
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.
Anne Arundel Medical Center
2000 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Smoking Cessation Classes
Call to register or for more information, 443-481-5555. www.aahs.org/events
Owensville Primary Care
134 Owensville Road
West River, MD 20778
Smoking Cessation Classes
Call to register or for more information, 410-867-4700. www.owensvillepc.com
University of Maryland
Baltimore Washington Medical Center
305 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Smoking Cessation Classes
Call to register or for more information, 410-555-8103. www.mybwmc.org
Call or go to the Maryland Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. This resource provides FREE 24/7 quit smoking counseling services over the phone and online, as well as a text support program. Nicotine replacement therapy is offered by mail through phone and online support programs. Support is available in English and Spanish. Services are available for teens and pregnant women also.
Get support to get you through the day.Click here for more information on signing up for SmokefreeTXT, the free mobile service. Click here for more information on downloading the Smokefree QuitGuide, the free smartphone application. Both offer 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips to help smokers stop smoking for good. Smokefree.gov tools can be used in conjunction with free quit smoking classes and the Maryland Tobacco Quitline.
Help kids say no to tobacco. It's vital to teach kids early to avoid cigarettes and chewing tobacco. The Learn To Live campaign's Smoking Stinks! program offers free materials, such as posters, stickers and education booklets, plus speakers for youth and adult groups. For parents, order or download the Don't Let Us Get Hooked on Tobacco booklet that gives you tips on raising tobacco-free kids. For teens who already smoke, check out the interactive online Quit Smoking Kit that can help them stop smoking on their own.
E-cigarettes are not a safe alternative. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), also known as e-cigarettes or vapes are products that use a liquid that has nicotine, flavorings and other components. They are heated into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. The vapor from these products is not just water and contains cancer causing agents and heavy metals. Most devices contain nicotine, the highly addictive drug found in tobacco products. ENDS are not an approved quit-aid, and are so new that the long term health risks are not yet known. Download a fact sheet from the University Of Maryland Legal Resource Center for additional information.
Get the facts about cigar use among Maryland youth. There has been an increase in cigar use among Maryland teens. Cigars, especially flavored cigarellos, are marketed to youth. Like cigarettes, they are addictive and carry the same health risks. According to the 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 12.8% of high school youth currently smoke cigars, cigarillos or little cigars in Anne Arundel County. This percentage is higher than the percentage of youth currently smoking cigarettes (10.7%) in the county, and higher than the state of Maryland statistic (10.3%) for cigar use among high school youth. Download a copy of the Cigar Use Among Maryland Youth Fact Sheet, or the Cigars, Cigarillos and Little Cigars Fact Sheet. (PDF)
Get tips to help you quit. The award-winning Roadmap to Quitting workbook can be viewed and printed as a PDF document. Also see the Power to Quit booklet, a guide to help African Americans stop smoking. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your system to view the documents. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download.
Get more information on avoiding or ending tobacco use. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new one-stop access site, BeTobaccoFree.gov, offering the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information. This resource offers 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.