If you smoke, we strongly encourage you to stop; smoking cessation advice and support, together with various pharmaceutical products are available to help. Nicotine replacement can ease the effects of tobacco withdrawal. Nicotine can be used in various forms, including lozenges, gum, transcutaneous patches and by inhalation.

Medicines to help you quit smoking include bupropion, originally an antidepressant, and varenicline, a selective nicotine receptor agonist

Our tobacco use prevention and cessation program can help you quit using tobacco products, reduce risk of lung infection, and greatly improve your lung function.

University of Maryland Capital Region Health uses education, counseling, nicotine replacement therapy and support to guide you through the quitting process. We surround you with resources during and after your journey to be tobacco free.

When you quit smoking and using tobacco, you greatly improve your health. Within a few weeks of being tobacco free your risk for heart attack drops and lung function improves. Over time, your risk for heart disease and stroke can match that of a nonsmoker. Your mood also is likely to improve, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety.

Our Care Approach: Counseling

The hallmark of our tobacco cessation program is the weekly, 90-minute group sessions. The counselors who lead the program are certified by the American Lung Association and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Tobacco cessation session topics include:

  • Adverse effects of smoking
  • Effects of secondhand smoke
  • Why quit?
  • The addiction process and its emotional impact
  • Medications – how and why they work
  • Learning new skills/alternative behaviors
  • How to quit without gaining weight
  • Developing a support system
  • Stress management
  • Slip and relapse prevention
  • Benefits of quitting
  • Tips on how to protect your kids from smoking

Classes are held on a weekly basis at Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Some people find they need more than classes to help them stop using tobacco. Nicotine replacement therapy can often ease the transition to being tobacco free.

If you want to receive nicotine replacement therapy, please call your physician and have him/her fax a prescription for nicotine replacement therapy to 301-618-3979. You can do this before the Tobacco Use Cessation classes start.

If you decide later that you want to try nicotine therapy, you can bring a prescription to a group session.

Our Family Health and Wellness Centers are also available if you don’t have a physician and would like to meet with one to discuss a prescription for nicotine replacement therapy.

Support After You Quit

Counselors from the Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention program contact you periodically to see how you are doing. Counselors are available for additional support as needed to ensure you stay on track. If you want to talk to a counselor, you can call and ask for an appointment.

Tobacco Use Cessation Program Locations

Classes and counseling services are available at:

University of Maryland Laurel Regional Hospital
4300 Van Dusen Road
Laurel, MD 20707
301-618-6363

University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center
3001 Hospital Drive
Cheverly, MD 20785
301-618-6363