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Tobacco Cessation Program

In Calvert County, about 1 in 5 adults and teens use tobacco on a regular basis.

Major Conclusions of 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco and Health

The Health Consequences of Smoking demonstrate clearly, why quitting smoking is the best and only choice a current smoker can make:

  • Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature disease and death in the United States.
  • The 2004 report found the list of diseases caused by smoking expanded to include abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataract, cervical cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, pneumonia, periodontitis, and stomach cancer. These are in addition to diseases previously known; including bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, and throat cancers, chronic lung diseases, coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases, as well as reproductive effects and sudden infant death syndrome.
  • This newest report in 2014 finds that active smoking is now causally associated with age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, adverse health outcomes in cancer patients and survivors, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction, orofacial clefts in infants, ectopic pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, and impaired immune function. In addition, exposure to secondhand smoke has now been causally associated with an increased risk for stroke.
  • The evidence suggests that nicotine exposure during adolescence, a critical window for brain development, may have lasting adverse consequences for brain development.
  • The evidence is sufficient to infer that at high-enough doses nicotine has acute toxicity.

Calvert County Health Department offers a FREE Smoking Cessation Program.
The eight week program uses a combination of behavioral counseling and a variety of cessation products. The cessation products are provided free of charge to individuals who are REGISTERED and ATTEND the Program.

Please contact: 410-535-5400, x359 for more information or to register for classes.

Tobacco Cessation Class Schedule



Related Links:  ~ Maryland Department of Health  ~ Smoking Stops Here  ~ Tobacco Free Kids  ~ Center for Disease Control  ~ National Institute on Drug Abuse  ~ National Institute of Health  ~ National Cancer Institute ~ American Heart Association ~ American Lung Association

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