Tobacco Control Program
Reducing Tobacco Use in Prince George’s County Through Education, Cessation and Enforcement
Tobacco Control Program | Division of Addictions and Mental Health Office dial 3-1-1 or call 301-324-2989
We envision a future where all County residents can lead healthy, productive lives; free of the human and economic costs of tobacco use, and exposure to tobacco smoke in the environment.
Did you know that…
...tobacco use is very addictive, and that many people who smoke would like to quit?
...tobacco addiction frequently increases the likelihood of other drug abuse?
...second-hand smoke is harmful to children, increasing their chance of suffering from colds, flu, ear infections and asthma?
...440,000 people die each year nationally from diseases caused by smoking tobacco.
...some of the health risks associated with smoking include: asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, and cancers (of the lung, mouth, larynx, pancreas, cervix, uterus and bladder)?
Why stop smoking?
- save money
- improve your breathing
- stop premature aging of both the inside, and outside of your body
- improve both your appearance and the smell of your hair, breath and clothing
- make kissing a more pleasurable experience
- eliminate environmental smoke effects
- stay inside buildings vs. being banished to the outdoors
- live a longer and healthier life
You CAN quit smoking. WE CAN HELP YOU learn how.
Tobacco Control Program Services Are Available to County Residents
We sponsor smoking cessation classes to help smokers quit and other programs that discourage tobacco use and promote smoke-free environments.
Those age 18 and under who live in Prince George’s County may be eligible for smoking prevention education services. Call us Monday through Friday at 3-1-1 or call 301-324-2989.
FREE Nicotine Patches Available to Those Who Qualify
All Prince George’s County residents age 18 and older are eligible for FREE nicotine patches. Call 3-1-1 or call 301-324-2989 for more information.
Get involved in the process: become a client, and join our Community Health Coalition. You can also report Tobacco law violations—see below for more information.
Join the Tobacco Control Community Coalition and Make Positive Changes in Your Community
The Tobacco Control Community Coalition is made up of a diverse group of citizens representing local healthcare organizations, academic institutions, public service agencies, places of worship, key community leaders and elected officials.
Prince George’s County tobacco use prevention, education and cessation efforts target:
- the general population including low-income residents, women and other minority populations
- both African American and Hispanic/Latino youth and adults
Call us if you are interesting in joining the Coalition.
Be a “Pack Rat”: Report Store Clerks and Owners Who Sell Cigarettes to Kids
In Prince George's County, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy tobacco products. Penalties will be imposed on tobacco law violators.
Stores that sell tobacco products cannot:
- sell tobacco products to anyone under age 18
- Sell unpackaged cigarettes
- Place tobacco products anywhere except behind the counter or in a case
Vendors who sell tobacco products to anyone under age 18 will be fined up to $1,000.00.
Investigations can occur at any time, day or night. Tips are vital to these investigations.
Tobacco Control Program
Dial 3-1-1 or call 301-324-2989 | TTY/STS dial 711 for MD Relay
All calls are anonymous.
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