Approximately 90% of adult smokers began smoking before the age of 18.

Young people often believe that quitting tobacco use will be easy; however, once addicted, teens may find that quitting is difficult and overwhelming, especially if they try to quit on their own. Teens who smoke are less physically fit and have more respiratory illnesses than their friends who don’t smoke.

Using tobacco as a teenager can cause lungs to not develop normally and can lead to heart disease, stroke, and cancers as a teen gets older.
Therefore, quitting smoking is one of the most important steps a teen can take to improve their immediate and future health.

Are you 13-17 years old and do you want to quit smoking? Call the Maryland Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)

The FREE specialized counseling program for teens includes FIVE counseling calls provided when it is most convenient. All calls are private.

During the specialized calls, Youth Quit Coaches® will provide:

  • Five counseling calls provided
  • Personalized counseling delivered by highly skilled Youth Quit Coaches®
  • Motivational interviewing techniques used specifically to determine your readiness to quit and to encourage you to set a quit date
  • Discussion of triggers, stressors, peer influences, and exposure to second-hand smoke
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  • Relapse prevention addressed through planning and preparation. Quit coaches will give you tips to help you not start using tobacco again after you quit.
  • If you wish, educational materials can be mailed directly to your home

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