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Congratulations to our latest CEASE graduates!


In December 2013, CEASE finished another wave of our 12 week smoking cessation classes with 28 graduates! We are so proud of those who fought to stay committed through the ups and downs. We interviewed one of our very own graduates, Ms. Rosita- Raglin Parker (pictured above with family), to get her thoughts about her experiences quitting smoking.

Why did you choose CEASE?

Well, I first heard about CEASE through an ad in the local city paper. I wanted to stop smoking first and foremost. But also at that time, I was going through some financial struggles and the incentives were helpful.

Describe your overall experience with CEASE.

Positive! Very positive! The support I received was overwhelming. They gave me confidence that I could actually do it. I would be excited to go to sessions, get out the house, and be around like-minded people. My Peer Motivators were terrific and wonderful. Even now, they still check on me to see how I’m doing.

What skills did you learn that you will use in your everyday life?

The information was very straightforward and practical. They showed me how to get through it day by day. Find something else to do, take a walk and the three D’s: do nothing, delay, and don’t smoke.

What was the most challenging part of this journey?

The first two weeks I had serious cravings.  The patches, the gum, having the classes as somewhere to go, including support all helped me along the way. I really challenged myself to get through this. Hold on a little longer. The peer motivators had positive attitudes, it’s like they actually cared. They make you feel like you are not in it by yourself.

 What was the most rewarding moment?

The night we had graduation. When you overcome an addiction, it’s extremely hard.  Oh my gosh it’s so hard.  But I really prayed and each day you go, it has to get better.

Would you recommend CEASE to a friend or family member and why?

Yes, it’s a great program. They make you feel worthy. Even if you slow down, they make you feel like you can accomplish anything.

CEASE is about making a lasting impact on people’s lives. Get involved by joining a class, or support the vision by becoming a partner. You can find more information on our website:

Smoking your money away?

We all know that smoking is a costly habit but have you really thought about how much money is spent in a day, week, month or even a year? The average cost of a 20 pack of cigarettes in Maryland is $6-7 dollars and this number is rising every year. If you smoke a pack a day, you will spend $2,460.10 in a year. Even if you smoke half a pack a day, you will still spend over $1,000 within a year! The cost of 1 pack of cigarettes is equivalent to the cost of 2 gallons of gas in Baltimore City. Not only is the direct cost of cigarettes pinch your pockets but high health insurance costs are directly related to smoking. The Affordable Care Act allows insurance companies to charge tobacco consumers up to 50% more for insurance coverage. You could really use that money on other things such as: groceries, much needed vacation, or a new car!

Let CEASE help you quit and experience financial benefits for a lifetime. Our team provides practical tools and resources ways to quit smoking and to remain tobacco free.

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I think I can and I WILL- Silencing the negative voices

silencing the voices

So you finally made a decision to quit smoking… you  got rid of your secret stash of tobacco products and joined a smoking cessation program! It’s been 2 days since you’ve been smoke-free… and then a small voice in your head says “Didn’t you try quitting last year?” or “You’ll be lighting up before the end of the week.”

When trying to quit smoking there are always challenges and sometimes others criticize or doubt you will be successful. However, many times our biggest critic is not family or friends but ourselves. Whether the negative voices come from outside you or inside you, don’t allow them to determine your destiny. Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts is one of the most important practices in achieving your goals. Remember the children’s story, the little engine that could?  As the little railroad engine struggled to pull the heavy cargo up the railroad tracks, he repeated to himself “I think I can. I think I can.” No matter how tough the journey may seem, you CAN do it. Practice positive self-talk and you will experience renewed focus and energy. Silence the negative voices and press on to your goal of becoming tobacco-free!

Below are other strategies to keep you motivated and silence the negative voices:

  • Write down your future goals  and  past successes
  • Join a support group
  • Read the testimonials of former smokers


“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

-Willie Nelson

What’s YOUR New Year’s Resolution? Become smoke-free with CEASE!


Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year when we make resolutions… Learn a new language, spend more time with family, save money, lose weight and even Quit Smoking. If you’re a smoker, quitting smoking is definitely on top of your resolution list.  Everyone starts off determined, excited and strong in their journey to meet there goals. But as time goes by you can feel frustrated and alone. CEASE and our peer motivators are committed to you and your goal for a tobacco free life.

CEASE has new classes starting January 7th and 8th! Keep your New Year’s resolution and remain smoke free beyond 2014!