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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

Smoking Cessation Services

About Our Services

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) offers a variety of programs for tobacco users who want to quit. We serve Veterans who are just starting to think about quitting, those who have made a commitment to quit, and those who have been trying to quit, but are having difficulty. We offer medications to address the physical aspects of addiction as well as counseling and support programs to help you change the habits, behaviors, and emotions that are related to tobacco use. Veterans who are most likely to quit are those who use medications combined with counseling and support.

VAMHCS Tobacco Cessation Counseling Services by Location

Baltimore: We offer individual counseling and group counseling to help you quit. If you are interested in individual counseling, please call your primary care provider for a referral. We offer two tobacco cessation groups that are open to all Veterans. The first group is on Tuesdays at 10am. It is a walk-in group; no appointment is necessary. The group is held on the 6th floor, C wing, Room 107 (6C-107). The second group is on Wednesdays at 9am. It is held in the VA Annex (209 W Fayette Street) in room 212. Call Marvin Johnson at 410-637-1362 for an appointment.

Cambridge: We offer a tobacco cessation group that meets on Thursdays from 1:00pm -2:00pm. Please contact Jackie Sanders at 410-228-6243 for an appointment in this group.

Fort Meade: We offer individual tobacco cessation counseling for primary care patients at this location.  If you are interested in individual counseling to help you quit, please call your primary care provider for a referral.

Glen Burnie: We offer individual tobacco cessation counseling for primary care patients at this location.  If you are interested in individual counseling to help you quit, please call your primary care provider for a referral.

Loch Raven & Fort Howard: We offer individual counseling and group counseling to help you quit. If you are interested in individual counseling, please call your primary care provider for a referral. The tobacco cessation group at Loch Raven meets on Mondays at 11am. Contact Stephen Sigelman at 410-241-4273 to schedule an appointment in the group.

Perry Point: We offer individual counseling and group counseling to help you quit. If you are interested in individual counseling, please call your primary care provider for a referral. The tobacco cessation group meets on Fridays at 11am. Please contact Stanley Jay Prochaska at 410-642-2411 ext. 7113 for more information on attending this group.

Medications for Tobacco Cessation

The VA offers several types of medications for tobacco cessation, including nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, bupropion, and varenicline (Chantix). Please contact your VA health care provider to discuss which medications may be appropriate for you. Click below to find out more information about tobacco cessation medications:
Smoking Cessation Medications

National VA Tobacco Cessation Programs

Quit Vet (1-855-QUIT-VET) is a toll free telephone smoking quitline. When you call Quit Vet, you will get individualized counseling, help developing a quit plan, strategies to prevent relapse, and follow-up calls to help you stay quit. Quit Vet is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 10:00pm. Click below for more information:
Quit Vet

SmokefreeVET is a mobile text message smoking cessation service. When you sign up for this program, you will get 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help you stop smoking for good. To sign up, text the word VET to 47848 from your mobile phone. Click below for more information:
SmokefreeVET

For More Information
For further information please contact your VA healthcare provider or visit:

www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking
smokefree.gov/veterans

Contact Info

Location

  • VA Maryland Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-463-6295 Ext. 4989
  • 410-605-7000 Ext. 4989

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.