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Tobacco Cessation

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The Prevention Office also oversees the Talbot County Cigarette Restitution Fund, which funds our tobacco prevention, education, enforcement, and smoking and tobacco cessation programs.

Smoking & Tobacco Cessation

Let us help you quit!

We can help individuals interested in quitting any type of tobacco products (including cigarettes, vapes, and smokeless tobacco). Our program is FREE to Talbot County residents, regardless of income or insurance. 

Cessation medications, including Chantix, bupropion, nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges are offered FREE to those with consent from a physician. We also offer individual support and counseling.

For more information, please contact (410) 819-5600.

Maryland Quit Line

While we can help you get started, you can also contact the Quitline directly and self-enroll in services by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or enrolling online.

The Quit Line will proactively contact you to help you build a personalized plan to quit. You can also receive nicotine replacement products directly by mail from the Quit Line at no cost to you. Quit Line services are all conducted over the phone and by text – there is no need to attend a group or meet in person. Quit coaches will contact you in the way and time that is most convenient for you.

Tobacco Prevention and Education

Mini-grants are available to Talbot County schools, community, and faith-based organizations to implement tobacco education programs and activities. Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis between July 1st and June 30th each year. 

To receive a copy of the grant application or for more information, contact the Prevention Office at (410) 819-5639.

Tobacco Sales to Minors Enforcement

Enforcing tobacco youth access laws is an important component in preventing and reducing youth tobacco use. Educating youth about tobacco laws and providing education and training to tobacco retailers is key.

Resources & Support

For People Trying to Quit

For Parents & Caregivers

  • Live Vape Free Program: This program is focused on supporting parents and other adults concerned about the Vaping epidemic. This online learning program is designed to provide the insights needed for getting started, tips and tools, and resources for ongoing support.

Tobacco Cessation for Pregnant Women

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Being prepared can help you succeed.

The sooner you stop smoking, the better. But even if you stop in the last few weeks of your pregnancy, this will benefit you and your baby.

Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. Harmful gasses, such as carbon

monoxide, and other damaging chemicals will clear from your body.

Quitting before you give birth will give your baby these benefits:

  • Less risk of being born too early and have to face the breathing, feeding and health problems that often go with being premature
  • Less risk of being born with birth defects like cleft lip or cleft palate.
  • Higher chance of having a healthy birth weight (more than 5.5 pounds) and growing on track.
  • More likely to come home from the hospital with you. Babies who are too small or who need care for health problems may need to stay in the hospital until they are healthy enough to go home.
  • Increased chance lungs will develop well.
  • More likely to have normal brain development before birth and through early childhood.
  • Less likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant or are pregnant, there are resources available to you to help you quit.