Maryland
Quitline Profile
United States
Quitline: Maryland Tobacco Quitline
Began Operations: June 2006
Standard Hours of Operation
Monday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Closed on:
Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas; Early Closure on New Year's and Christmas Eve
Telephone Numbers
Line
Phone Number
Language/Subject
1
(800) QUIT-NOW
English
2
(800) QUIT-NOW
Spanish
3
(877) 777-6534
TTY
4
1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE
English
5
1-866-784-8454
English
Supported Languages
Counseling offered in: English, Spanish
Third-party counseling: Via AT&T Language Line
Deaf/Hard of hearing: 
 
Phone Counseling
Types:
brief intervention
single-session
multi-session (client-initiated)
multi-session (counselor-initiated)
Text Msg to cell phone (two-way)
Text Msg to cell phone (one-way)
Length of standard first session: 15 min
Length of standard follow-up session: 20 min
Counseling session topics:
tobacco history
developing a quit plan
setting a quit date
withdrawal symptoms
relapse prevention
weight gain
use of cessation medication
stress management
other
Web-Based Services
quitline information
cessation information
self-help tools
automated e-mail messages
interactive counseling
chat rooms
Cessation Medications
Free Medications
patch
gum
lozenge
nasal spray
inhaler
varenicline
bupropion
Discounted Medications
patch
gum
lozenge
nasal spray
inhaler
varenicline
bupropion
Distribution Methods
voucher
by mail
Other Services
voicemail with callbacks
recorded self-help messages
referral to other health services
mailed info or self-help resources
To receive counseling:
Age 13 or older for phone counseling. Age 18 or older for text and web based support.
To receive medication:
Age 18 or older, while supplies last, and meet basic health requirements.
Specialized Materials
youth, under 18
youth, 18-25
older tobacco users, 55+
smokeless tobacco users
pregnant tobacco users
multiple addictions
racial/ethnic populations
lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
chronic health conditions
low socioeconomic status or Medicaid
low literacy
other
mental health disorders including psychiatric conditions
Fax or electronic referral program:  Yes
Person(s) eligible to refer patients:
certified or trained fax referral providers
clinicians or non-clinicians in a healthcare setting
clinicians or non-clinicians in a community-based organization
other
Available referral methods:
faxed form
e-mail or online
EMR with electronic submission
Tobacco users can be referred if they:
are thinking about quiting
indiciate a readiness to quit within 30 days
are ready to make a quit attempt
are quit and seek help to stay quit
Referred patients contacted within:  Within 48 hours
Other services available to referring providers:
quitline and/or referral brochures
customized referral/consent forms
patient progress reports
customized provider feedback reports
staff training
quitline/referral program newsletter
Referral program contact:
MDQuit Resource Center
http://www.mdquit.org/index.php/fax_to_assist/
(410) 455-3628
info@mdquit.org
Other information:
CME credit available.
Smoke-Free Laws
Workplaces: Yes
Bars: Yes
Restaurants Yes
Tobacco Tax Rates
Current cigarette tax rate: $2.00
Effective date: January 1, 2008
Amount of last increase: $1.00
Callers (Source: NAQC Annual Survey - 2015)
Number of direct calls to the quitline: 23,732
Number of tobacco users receiving services: 6,585
Number of tobacco users registering for Web-based services: Not available
Number of tobacco users referred to the quitline: 1,239
Calculations (Source: NAQC Annual Survey - 2015)
Amount per smoker spent on services and medications: $1.86
Amount per smoker spent on media and promotions: Not available
Promotional reach: 1.20 %
Treatment reach: 1.00 %
NAQC standard quit rate: 27.00 %
NOTE: Additional quitline data is available online at www.naquitline.org/data/
Context for quitline metrics:
Time period for quit rate data collection: Tobacco users who registered between October 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. Evaluation surveys were conduct between April 15, 2014 and April 29, 2015.
Funder of quitline services: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Operator of counseling services: Optum
Funding source(s): State/Provincial government; Federal government
Profile last updated on September 19, 2016