Great American Smokeout November 19, 2015
Get ready to lose the habit and become victorious over tobacco. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction.

If you can quit for one day, you've taken an important step toward a healthier life. It's a race for your health, and it starts the day you quit. The health benefits begin the moment you stop smoking. Quitting at any age can give you back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

For more information, visit and click on the Facts & Resources page to get tips on how to quit smoking.
Did You KNOW ...
Under Maryland law:
  • NO tobacco product can be sold to anyone under 18 years old
  • The sale of tobacco products to a minor is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $300 for the first offense and up to $1,000 for the second offense
  • NO tobacco paraphernalia and electronic nicotine devices (e-cigarettes) can be sold to anyone under the age of 18
  • The sale of e-cigarettes to a minor is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000
  • Retailers are required to check the ID of anyone under 27 years old who is buying tobacco products, including e-cigarettes
  • The sale of clove cigarettes is ILLEGAL in Maryland, and the sale of flavored cigarettes is ILLEGAL under federal law

According to the most recent National Youth Tobacco survey, youth e-cigarette use TRIPLED from 2013 to 2014, surpassing use of regular cigarettes. E-cigarette manufacturers continue to use marketing tactics like slick magazine ads, celebrity endorsements and sweet, colorful flavors to attract youth. Read more here.


Email your comments to [email protected] for our Parent/Adult Blog page. 
Free Smoking Cessation Classes
The Howard County Health Department offers Smoking Cessation & Tobacco Treatment Programs. Classes are FREE to anyone who lives or works in Howard County.

Class begins on the first Wednesday of each month and is held for four (4) consecutive Wednesdays for 1 hour and 15 minutes.There are morning and evening sessions. Morning classes begin at 11:30 AM. Evening classes begin at 6:30 PM.

Medication and physician evaluation are dispensed as needed (must be 18 to receive medication). An optional 15 minute breathing and relaxation segment is offered at the end of each class.

Call the Health Department at 410-313-6265 for more information about the next class and to sign up! For information in Spanish, click here.
Free Educational Materials
If you would like to receive any of these free pamphlets, please send your name and address to [email protected].

Si le gustaria recibir uno de los folletos gratis abajo, favor de mandar su nombre y direccion fisica a [email protected].

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Ohio Voters Reject Marijuana Legalization
Ohio voters have rejected the legalization of marijuana in their state, sending a strong message from a key swing state to 2016 Presidential candidates and to the rest of the country that legalization is neither inevitable nor desirable.

Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies (OAMM), a local, grassroots organization supported in part by Ohio's SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) Action affiliate, led the opposition.

Voting YES would have legalized the limited sale and use of marijuana and created 10 facilities with exclusive commercial rights to grow marijuana.

Voting NO left the current laws unchanged. Possession or use of marijuana for any reason remains illegal in Ohio. 64% of voters said no, defeating the initiative.
Drug/DUI Court Graduation - November 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM
You are cordially invited to the Howard County Drug/DUI Court Graduation:

Celebrating Sobriety  
November 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM 
3451 Courthouse Drive, Courtroom 5 
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Please RSVP to [email protected] or 410-480-7730.
6th Annual Steven Dankos 5K / Turkey Trot - November 28, 2015
In memory of Steven Dankos, a 17 year old River Hill High School student who was tragically killed in an automobile accident involving alcohol, consider registering for this fundraising event to support the Steven Dankos Foundation's mission to change the culture of drinking and driving, particularly among high school and college students. For more information, visit
Free Hands-Only CPR Training
Howard County Fire and Rescue Services is committed to teaching Howard County residents the simple life-saving technique of Hands-Only CPR, the technique that saves lives. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time, and happens for many different reasons. Will you be ready? Whose life will you save?

Register for the next Adult, Child and Infant CPR class on Wednesday, December 2 from 6 PM to 8 PM by going to or email [email protected].

HC DrugFree is a proud partner of Howard County Fire and Rescue Services. 
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC)
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The next TAC meeting will be held on December 14. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director at [email protected] or  443-325-0040.

Free Howard County Police and HC DrugFree Magnets 

HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Health Department to keep important phone numbers on your refrigerator or file cabinet.

Email [email protected] or call 443-325-0040 to request your magnet today!

Click here to read the magnet. 
Permanent Medication Disposal Boxes
Howard County residents can drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at 3 locations in the County where permanent disposal boxes have been installed. Boxes are located at the Howard County Police Northern District Station (3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City) open 24/7, the Howard County Police Southern District Station (11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel) open 24/7, and the Gary Arthur Community Center (2400 Route 97, Cooksville) open 7 AM to 9 PM Monday-Saturday, and 9 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

Don't share your leftover meds with others - sharing drugs can be extremely dangerous!
The other person taking the drug may not have been seen by a physician to determine if he or she indeed needs the drug, what dosage is appropriate, and possible allergic reactions or adverse reactions due to other medications being taken.

Coming soon: HC DrugFree has partnered with the Howard County Police Department to provide additional permanent medication disposal boxes in the County...Stay tuned for more details.
Free Training to Save a Life! Opioid Overdose Response Training

If your child, spouse or friend is abusing opioids (prescription pain medicines such as Percocet or Vicodin, and street drugs such as heroin), attend the free training offered by the HowardCounty Health Department.

The next class is scheduled for Monday, December 14 at 8:00 AM at the Health Department.

Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202 or by email at [email protected]
HC DrugFree's Newsletters are Now Archived
To read past issues of HC DrugFree's newsletters, go to and click on Resources - Newsletter Archive. 
For more information, contact
Joan Webb Scornaienchi,  Executive Director
HC DrugFree
Wilde Lake Village Center
5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206
Columbia, MD 21044
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