Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Quit Tobacco Programs (Tobacco Treatment)

Harford County Health Department Public Health Education Unit, through its Cigarette Restitution Fund grant, offers no-cost tobacco-treatment (or “Quit Tobacco Classes) throughout the year to any adult tobacco user who wants to quit.  We request pre-registration for all classes. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) product, including patches, lozenges and gum, may be available at no cost to those who qualify. Click here for the Tobacco Treatment Class schedule.

NRT product eligibility requirements include:

  • Residing or working in Harford County
  • Attending at least half of the Quit-Class sessions
  • Having a completed Physician Referral Form*

*     A Physician Referral Form will be provided at the first session.  Alternatively, it can be downloaded from the “Forms” section of our “Downloads” webpage or by clicking hereThis form must be completed by a doctor and faxed to the Harford County Health Department Tobacco program at 410-612-9184.

“Quit Tobacco Program” components include:

Pre-Quitting Class:

A free one-and-a-half hour program informs smokers/tobacco users about the various techniques used to quit and also explores why individuals get hooked on tobacco products.  It is highly recommended, though not mandatory, that persons wishing to participate in “Quit Tobacco” classes attend the “Pre-Quit” session in order that they might assess their personal levels of willingness and readiness to “quit.”

Quit Tobacco Classes:

Participants should attend the Pre-quitting class prior to participating in the free “Quit Tobacco” classes.  Class topics include information about nicotine addiction, stress management, diet and exercise, how to quit, managing as an ex-tobacco user, dealing with obstacles and relapse situations, and how to remain an ex-tobacco user.

Classes are offered throughout the year at several locations in the county and also can be offered on-site at businesses, tailored to fit organizational needs.  To obtain the current schedule or for more program information, call 410-612-1781.

Click HERE to register for our Tobacco Texting Program. By registering for this program, you will begin to receive motivational messages to help you quit and stay quit. 

Additional Resources

Article: Tobacco-Smoke Exposure in Children Who Live in Multiunit Housing by Karen M. Wilson, Jonathan D. Klein, Aaron K. Blumkin, Mark Gottlieb and Jonathan P. Winickoff

The State of Maryland also offers a toll-free Quit-Line to assist individuals in quitting tobacco. To learn more about this program, call 1-800-QUITNOW or visit

Since CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers Campaign, Terrie Hall passed away at the age of 53 on September 16, 2013.

 Watch Terrie here: Terrie Hall: In Her Words

The Center for Disease Control offers videos and public service announcements from their “Tips of Former Smokers” campaign to educate on the harmful effects of tobacco. Click here to watch.

Quit Smoking Podcasts from CDC

Experience– Rick Stoddard speaks about his wife, Marie, who died of lung cancer.

Snuff Out Smoking– Secondhand smoke from cigarettes is dangerous, and this broadcast discusses its effects and how it can be avoided.

Quit for Your Family’s Sake– Associate Director for Science in the Office on Smoking and Health, Dr. Terry Pechacek, discusses smoking and ways to quit.


School & Community Tobacco Awareness & Education:

Community-based Initiatives:

The Public Health Education Unit, through its Cigarette Restitution Fund grant, offers training and presentations, and performs outreach to community organizations for purposes of promoting tobacco use resistance and greater public awareness regarding the consequences of tobacco use.

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact 410-612-1781.

School-based Initiatives:

The Public Health Education Unit, through its Cigarette Restitution Fund grant, designs and implements age appropriate tobacco awareness and educational interventions for youth, parents and staff, spanning Pre-K through college.   Direct services include:

  • providing educational instruction to school students upon request from schools
  • providing consultation and training to teaching professionals and administrative staff
  • collaborating with advisors to school-based youth organizations; and providing educational and logistical support of the Harford County Public Schools Tobacco-Use Offender program through educational and cessation interventions with referred youth

For more information, contact 410-612-1781.