Parents and Expectant Parents Program
KEEP YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN HEALTHY
Choosing to be tobacco free could be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Quitting smoking will help you live a longer, healthier life as well as help protect the health of your family and friends. Giving up smoking can be difficult, but a tobacco-free lifestyle offers many benefits – benefits that will last a lifetime.
Even if you’re a long-time smoker, quitting now could help prevent serious illness and add years to your life. And if you’ve tried to quit before and weren’t successful, don’t be discouraged. Try again. Many people have tried to quit more than once before they succeed.
Because secondhand smoke can cause cancer, heart disease and other illnesses in people who don’t smoke, your partner, your children, other family members or friends who breathe your smoke are at risk. In addition, children who are exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to experience sudden infant death syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma and other respiratory problems.
To protect children and other vulnerable individuals, houses and apartment buildings should be smoke free. Smoking in another room like a bathroom or bedroom can still spread secondhand smoke through the air in your home, even if someone opens a window, uses an air purifier or a fan. In an apartment building, secondhand smoke can go in between apartments. The best way to protect your loved ones from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke is to quit tobacco use and implement tobacco free rules in the home.
Pregnant and Smoking?
Enroll in the Maryland Tobacco Quitline for free support to quit tobacco. Coaches are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and extra support is available online and by text message. Those who are pregnant may participate in the specialized incentive program where you can receive gift cards for participation (while supplies last).
Register for the incentive program during your enrollment in the Maryland Tobacco Quitline.
Text to Enroll
Text “READY” to 200-400 to enroll now.
Call to Enroll
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to get started today.