People trying to quit smoking now have greater access to the state's tobacco telephone help line.
The help line - 1-800-QUIT-NOW - has counselors available all hours of the day as of Dec. 1. It will also provide counseling services to teens for the first time. New services are also available for pregnant women trying to quit smoking.
For those who don't want to talk to a live person they can also get help through text support at Text2Quit, or get enhanced Internet counseling at https://www.quitnow.net/maryland.
The Maryland Tobacco Quitline has provided free tobacco cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy to Marylanders since 2006.
State health officials said they are rolling out the new enhancements in time for New Year's Day when many people make resolutions to quit smoking.
A free webinar will be offered Dec. 20 at noon for those who want to give up smoking for the New Year. Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/447046954.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun