MDQuit has changed our name, but our mission as the new Maryland Tobacco Control Resource Center remains the same.


Maryland Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW
In operation since June 2006


The Quitline has expanded its services as of 12/2012 -- now available:

  • Live counselors 24/7!
  • Counseling services for teens ages 13-17 include:
    • five calls from skilled Youth Quit Coaches provided weekly for youth who are ready to quit;
    • educational materials that can be mailed to caller's home;
    • discussion of triggers, stressors, peer influences, and second-hand smoke;
    • planning/preparation to address relapse prevention.
  • An intensive support program for pregnant women provides:
    • ten calls to pregnant women -- before and after the due date;
    • counseling on health risks of continuing smoking and benefits of quitting;
    • information on the hazards of second-hand smoke;
    • availability of medications for pregnant women to help with quitting;
    • materials mailed to caller's home to assist with quitting and to prevent relapse post-partum.
  • Enhanced online support offered through Web Coach®, now includes NRT (, as well as:
    • information on risks of continued smoking, benefits of quitting, and second-hand smoke;
    • unlimited access to messages, counseling, and feedback from trained Quit Coaches;
    • personalized smoking cessation plans for each participant;
    • the ability to order free NRT on-line (18 and older), while supplies last.  
  • A text support program, Text2Quit®, helps participants with:
    • setting a quit date;
    • managing cravings by sending motivational text messages on coping skills, and educational text messages in the forms of games and quizzes;
    • proper use of NRT, and information on how to order free patches or gum;
    • sustaining motivation through the quit process by sending supportive text messages for up to 4 weeks prior to quit date and up to 4 months following.

These enhancements supplement the existing Quitline services listed below:

FREE services provided by the Maryland Quitline

  • Telephone counseling
  • Four sessions are provided to a typical smoker (see below for details on each call) by a trained Quit Coach®
  • Available for help and support as needed by the caller.
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • Callers may receive free NRT:  nicotine patch, nicotine gum, lozenges, and combination therapy (while supplies last).  
  • Web based services


  • Prior to enrollment, visit and by clicking on “Click to call” the consumer can receive a call from a Quit Coach® right away.
  • Once enrolled, Quitline callers may sign up for access to the FREE Web Coach® which includes:
    • Web account access
    • Coaching Emails
    • Discussion forums with other callers
  • Specialized services
  •  Languages: English & Spanish
  • Deaf or hearing-impaired: 1-877-777-6534
  • Other caller services
  • Voicemail with call back
  • Recorded messages
  •  Mailed information including a comprehensive quit guide
  • Referrals to local cessation programs
  • Resources for health care providers
  • MDQuit’s  Fax to Assist  program is designed for health  care providers to refer tobacco user to Maryland’s quitline
  • Quitline promotional and informational brochures, posters, and wallet cards and can be mailed upon request from

Visit our Quitlines page for information on telephone counseling effectiveness and other quitline research.