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What is the “Tools To Be Tobacco Free” Smoking Cessation Program?

“Tools to Be Tobacco Free” is a free smoking cessation program divided into three phases. Each phase consists of three one-hour sessions to help Cecil County residents quit tobacco use and make lifetime behavioral changes. The program includes information on the following topics: stress management, triggers, setting a quit date, withdrawal, maintenance support, and relapse prevention.

  • “Phase I: Learn to Be Tobacco Free” is for individuals who may not be ready to quit, but would like to learn about tobacco cessation and services that are available.
  • “Phase II: Ready to Be Tobacco Free” is for individuals who are ready to quit and need support with their tobacco cessation effort.
  • “Phase III: How to Cope Without the Smoke” is for individuals who have quit and would like some extra support to maintain their efforts in being smoke free.

In addition, a one-hour “Pre-quitting Class” is offered for people who are thinking about quitting but need more information. Private consultation and self help materials for quitting tobacco use are also available.

Who is eligible for the program?

Cecil County residents who are interested in quitting smoking or learning about quitting smoking to help someone they know. Residents under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be eligible.

How do I apply for services?

Cecil County residents must call the Cecil County Health Department to receive self-help materials and to place your name on a mailing list to receive information about the next available program.

Who do I contact with questions regarding the program?

If you are interested in attending a program or have any questions please contact the Division of Health Promotion at 410-996-5168. Help with quitting smoking is also available through the Maryland Quitline 1-800-Quit NOW (1-800-784-8669).

What is Maryland Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-Quit-Now?

To register for tobacco cessation services call, the Maryland Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-784-8669. When you call the Quitline, a professionally trained Quit Coach will set up an individualized quit plan, offer nicotine replacement therapy to help with withdrawal symptoms, provide access to text support, web services and mail you Quit Guides-a series of booklets designed to help you stay on track with your quit plan. Quit Coaches have over 240 hours of training in tobacco dependence treatment. Many Quit Coaches are former smokers themselves. Specialized counseling is available for pregnant women and youth. Services are FREE and available 24/7 in English, Spanish and other languages.