Recent Announcements

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MDQuit's 11th Best Practices Conference -- January 26, 2017  
This year's conference addressed health and social disparities in tobacco use and featured two keynote speakers: Dr. Scout shared strategies to better reach and serve LGBT smokers, and Mr. Delmonte Jefferson focused on the harmful effects of menthol on African American and other targeted populations. For more information on these relevant topics, please visit LGBT Health Link and NAATPN.
All materials from our 11th annual conference can be found HERE.  

Upcoming FREE Webinar: Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 1:00-2:15pm.     "Policy & Practical Approaches for Addressing Tobacco Use in Behavioral Health Treatment.Register HERE.


PRESS RELEASE:   MDQuit's 11th annual Best Practices Conference addresses tobacco use and cessation among the LGBT population.

From the MD Tobacco Quitline:  A new video about Quitline services, designed for waiting rooms or patient portals.  And, Lilly Cubano from DHMH shares resources and information about the Spanish Quitline in this interview.

The first Surgeon General's Report focused entirely on use of e-cigarettes by youth and young adults can be found here.   Visit for other important information and guidance on prevention.

U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced a final smoke-free public housing rule.  Read the final rule here.

The Maryland DHMH produced a Summary Report of the previously released Monitoring Changing Tobacco Use Behaviors: 2000–2014.

MD Quitline Update:  Participants 18yrs and older now receive 8 wks of NRT (patch or gum).

Training Opportunities

The MDQuit Resource Center developed and is disseminating a training program titled, “Breaking the Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2): New Hope for Clients Who Smoke”* for behavioral health providers across Maryland. Scheduled trainings take place at UMBC's South Campus Research & Technology Park,Halethorpe, MD 21227.

Here is a list of our upcoming BH2 trainings at UMBC's South Campus. Click on the link(s) below to register. 

*There are two formats available for the above trainings:
Single Session (Morning): Trainees are taught how to work with clients who smoke and are given a tailored, multi-component single session protocol (for use in individual or group sessions), as well as a brief intervention protocol, to help prepare behavioral health clients to quit using tobacco.
Training Length: 3 hrs
Multiple Session (Morning and Afternoon): In addition to the single session content, trainees are taught how to work with clients who smoke and are given a flexible and interactive multiple session smoking cessation group protocol, as well as a brief intervention protocol. This tailored, multi-component protocol will assist providers in conducting groups geared to help behavioral health clients to quit using tobacco.
Training Length: 6 hrs


Online Training:  The Maryland Center for Tobacco Prevention & Control announces an Online Training Module for Tobacco Retailers now available at   Campaign materials available for free download.  If you have questions or want to order materials, contact

Free Training Webinars
  • Go here to register for a new webinar by LGBT Health Link, held on 3.28.17 from 3-4pm, to better strategize for addressing LGBT health disparities.   
  • The SCLC is offering a new webinarA Team Approach: Integrating Tobacco Dependence Treatment into Routine Clinical Practice,” at Eight past webinar trainings are also available.  1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits offered for each course, use discount code: SCLC10 on payment screen to claim free credit.
  • The Maryland Tobacco Quitline has a NEW online training to help healthcare providers address tobacco with their patients!  For more information please click here
  • ATTENTION MEDICAID PROVIDERS: MDQuit has developed trainings aimed at enhancing healthcare providers' skills at reaching/intervening with Medicaid enrollees who use tobacco. See our SBIRT Training for Medicaid Providers page for details!
  • Healthcare Providers:  Sign up for an online CME activity highlighting critical content from the Beyond the 5 A's conference.  Learn how to strengthen smoking cessation efforts with your patients. Register to earn 1 AMA PRA (Category 1) credit or 1 Nursing Contact Hour by clicking here.

Items of Interest and Upcoming Events

  • Univ. of MD School of Public Health is enrolling female smokers ages18-75 in a clinical research study to evaluate an investigational medication to stop smoking.  Qualified participants receive study medication, smoking cessation counseling, and are compensated for their time.  Click here for more information.
  • Maryland's DHMH announced a reversal in trends in the sale of tobacco products to minors: noncompliance rates for Maryland retailers decreased from 30% to 14% in just one year.  For details check out this newsbrief.  
  • “Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 17 Years Later" (released 12/2015) is a joint effort among national tobacco prevention and cessation organizations. Access this annual report here.
  • Take a look at this MDQuit resource:  Tobacco 101:  Fact Sheets for a Foundational Knowledge in Tobacco and Cessation, found here.  

  • Check out truthinitiative.orgTruth Initiative (formerly American Legacy Foundation) is known for tobacco control research and policy studies, as well as community and youth activism programs.  Their “FINISH IT” campaign aims to end youth smoking for good -- learn more at

  • Baltimore City's Health Department has launched the “311 for tobacco complaints” program, encouraging city residents to call 311 if they witness stores selling to minors, selling individual cigarettes (“loosies”), or placing nicotine product placements behind counters.  

  • PROVIDERS: Have you heard about the Maryland Tobacco Quitline's PREGNANCY REWARDS PROGRAM ?  Extended services continue to include:  10 pre and post partum sessions, and free NRT with prescription. Pregnant smokers can earn up to $90 in gift cards!  Providers can take advantage of DHMH's easy to use, brief intervention toolkit by clicking here
  • Are you 18-55 years of age and ready to quit smoking?  You may be able to join a research study at NIDA, located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus.  Click here for details.

Links to Materials

  • DHMH has released the 2016-2020 Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control PlanView a copy HERETobacco Use can be found in the Primary Prevention of Cancer section, pg 24.
  • SAMHSA’s  Behavioral Health Resource is for administrators interested in integrating  smoking cessation services at their behavioral health site. 
  • The American Lung Association released State Health Insurance Marketplace Plans: New Opportunities to Help Smokers Quit, reporting that only 17% of marketplace issuers cover all ACA requirements.  Download the report and appendix for information by state.

  • MDQuit Director Carlo DiClemente presented on the impact of tobacco use in behavioral health populations.  Click here to see his presentation. 

  • Check out DHMH's CigarTrap campaign, detailing how tobacco companies target youth with cigar flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and grape.

  • The Surgeon General's 50th Anniversary website features the 2014 Report of the Surgeon General, as well as Fact Sheets, a Consumer Booklet, and a link to the Video and Podcast Series.

  • is a Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) website that provides tobacco-related information from across its agencies, including federal and state laws/policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.

  • Wicomico County's Health Department is sharing success stories from its Smoking Cessation Program -- see the video here.

    Research Updates

  • A large clinical trial found Varenicline to be more effective than placebo, nicotine patch, and Bupropion in helping smokers with and without psychiatric disorders achieve abstinence.  Click here to read more.   

  • A research team investigated underlying causes for premature death among adults with schizophrenia. Results point to tobacco use as a mitigating factor.  Read the abstract here.     

  • The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at UM-CP posted their recent issue of CESAR FAX, available here.  They summarize the 2014 Monitoring the Future data on teen nicotine use.    

  • UPDATE:  In December 2016 the FDA removed its previous Boxed Warning concerning mental health side effects from both Chantix and Zyban labels.  Patients should still be monitored from their health care prescriber.   FDA reports clearly that taking medication to stop smoking outweighs possible side effects.  For a full FDA report go here.  
  • The recently published National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) shows no decline in overall tobacco use among middle and high school students between 2011-2014.  However, increases in e-cigarette and hookah use in the last year offset declines in traditional nicotine use.  See the CDC's full Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report:  MMWR Report
  • Data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey show a decrease in smoking prevalence in U.S. adults, from 20.9% in 2005 to 17.8% - the lowest prevalence seen since these data were first recorded in 1965. Read the CDC's full MMWR here.
  • The APA's Division 50 The Addiction Newsletter is highlighting the importance of providing smoking cessation during addiction treatment.  Find out more here -- on page 15.

  • The 2014 Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation gives information on the retail environment:  density and location of tobacco retailers, industry marketing tactics, and availability of various types of tobacco products.