Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation


A Program of the Prevention & Health Communications Department

Funded by: Cigarette Restitution Fund Program through the Maryland Department of Health

Stop Smoking Program: Are YOU READY to Quit for Good?

Stopping smoking is a GREAT choice! It is one of the most important things you can do to improve and extend your life. 

Consider Your Options

  • Cold Turkey: Completely stop smoking. Zero cigarettes. No quit aid medications.
  • Step Down: Wean yourself off of cigarettes and nicotine by smoking less each day or each week.
  • Quit Aid Medications: These medications can help to reduce nicotine cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine replacement patches, gum, lozenges, Zyban, and Chantix, are some of the most popular quit aids.
  • Counseling Support: Group and individual sessions, phone quitlines and Internet sites can help connect you to professional quit coaches and others who are also quitting smoking.

How we can help:

The Wicomico County Cessation Program offers both group and individual support sessions/counseling. We also offer low cost quit aid medications (Nicotine Patches or Lozenges, or Chantix.)  In order to take part in the program, you must:

  • Reside in Wicomico County;
  • Provide a signed medical clearance form and written prescription if you have chosen Chantix;
  • Attend support sessions for at least 10 weeks.

Medications provided at no cost

Nicotine Replacement Patches, Nicotine Lozenges, Chantix.

(Medical Clearance Form For Chantix:   click here )

Onsite Workplace Smoking Cessation Program

We provide onsite support sessions/counseling for workplaces.  For more information call (410) 334-3480.

Health Care Provider Trainings

Looking to learn more about how to do brief interventions and counseling with smokers? Want to learn more about our programs or how to refer patients to the Cessation Program? We offer free training sessions for healthcare providers in Wicomico County. Call (410) 334-3480 for more information.



Youth and Tobacco Use


Youth Exposure to Advertising and E-Cigarette Use

Preventing tobacco product use among youth is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States. CDC
In 2022, 85.5% of high school students and 81.5% of middle school students who used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days reported using a flavored e-cigarette during that time. (CDC)
For support in quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). Information on cessation behaviors of U.S. adults and youth.
Current tobacco product use among high school students



Ready to Quit? You can do it, we can help

Cigarette Smoking overall among adults in the US is down.

Smoking cigarettes won't help your patients' recovery. Quitting can.

Smoking is much more common among adults with mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, than in the general population. About 3 out of every 10 cigarettes smoked by adults in the United States are smoked by persons with mental health conditions. Why smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to experience depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions is uncertain. No matter the cause, smoking is not a treatment for depression or anxiety. Getting help for your depression and anxiety and quitting smoking is the best way to feel better.

Quitting smoking will not interfere with your mental health treatment or make your depression worse. In fact, research shows that quitting smoking can actually improve your mental health in the long run.

If you are a smoker and dealing with depression or anxiety, consider the following resources:

  • Call your mental health provider.

  • Get help from your primary doctor or other health care provider.

  • Contact the Wicomico County Health Department Stop Smoking Program 410-219-7484

  • 1-800-Quit Now (1-800-784-8669)

Tobacco is not only a health issue, it is an environmental issue

Counseling plus medications together give you the best chance of quitting for good

Quitting Smoking is good at any age. For help quitting please contact the Wicomico County Health Department Stop Smoking Program 410-430-7384

Prohibiting smoking in public housing could save lives and $153 million annually

Help quitting smoking



Going Smokefree Matters

Need Help Quitting Smoking


If you currently smoke of vape and would like to quit, the MD Tobacco Quitline is here to help with free patches, gum, and trained quit coaches Text READY to 200-400 visit or call 1800 QUIT NOW

The 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey revealed a startling rise in e-cigarette use by youth 

From 2017 to 2018, the rate for current e-cigarette use (at least once a day in the past 30 days) rose 78% for high school students (11.7 to 20.8%) and 48% for middle schoolers (3.3 to 4.9%) . That’s more than 3 million high school students and 570,000 middle school students who are becoming addicted while their brains and bodies are still developing. These children are setting themselves up for physical dependence, financial drain and possible health consequences. 
Whether your child is already using e-cigarettes or you feel your child would never use them, now is the time to talk with them about the dangers and consequences of e-cigarette use. Use this tip sheet to help you prepare. 






COVID-19 and Smoking/Vaping 

-Matt Myers President  — Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids


Does smoking have an effect on COVID-19? Smoking does not protect against COVID-19

Say no to tobacco in the time of COVID-19 and Always





A Dangerous Trend - Smokeless Tobacco Use Among High School Athletes. Past 30-day use of combustible tobacco products dropped from 2001 to 2013 among all high school students (31.5% to 19.5%), while past 30-day use of smokeless tobacco remained unchanged among non-athletes (5.9%), and increased among athletes (10.0% to 11.1%). Smokeless tobacco is NOT without risk. Smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction, cause cancer of mouth, esophagus, and pancreas; can cause diseases of the mouth, and increase the risk for death from heart disease and stroke. 7/10 middle & high school student who currently use tobacco have used a FLAVORED product




Cigarette smoking is down, but 34 million American adults still smoke. Cigarette smoking remains high among certain groups: men; adults 25-64 years old; lower education; below poverty level; Midwest & South; uninsured or Medicaid; disabled; serious psychological distress; American Indians, Alaska Natives, and multiracial; and lesbians, gays and bisexuals. Strategies essential to continue reducing cigarette smoking overall: implement smoke-free laws, run mass media campaigns, raise tobacco prices, and make quit help easy to access.



 New Tobacco Sales ​ “T21” Tobacco 21

Effective October 1, 2019, the statewide sales age increases to 21 for all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, vapes, pod-based devices such as JUUL and their e-liquids, and component parts and accessories).

The only exemption to this law is for active duty military personnel ages 18 or older with valid military identification.  

Valid driver’s license or other valid government-issued ID are the only acceptable forms of identification for tobacco purchases (employer or school ID not permitted).


21 or None. No person under the age of 21 years old may be sold tobacco products without military identification.

Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with

E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping

  • As of February 4, 2020  2,758* cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC from 50 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and 2 U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands). 
  • Sixty Four deaths have been confirmed in 27 states and the District of Columbia.

What is in e-cigarette aerosol? 

What's in E-Cigarette Aerosol? Volatile organic compounds; ultrafine particles; nicotine; cancer-causing chemicals; heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead; and flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease.

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation program is dedicated to keeping youth from starting smoking/vaping and helping adult smokers quit, as well as protecting children from secondhand smoke.

Quit Resources:

Quit Lines

  • 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669)
  • 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)

Teen Quit Smoking Resources

  • Smoke Free Teens:

  • Become an Ex:






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