Last updated: August 9, 2021
In 2000, as a result of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, Maryland was awarded $1 billion in tobacco settlement funds. These funds were used to create a plan to fight cancer and other tobacco-related diseases (Maryland Senate Bill 896/House Bill 1425, enacted April 2000). This plan became know as the Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP).
Programs funded under the CRFP include cancer prevention, education, screening and treatment programs and tobacco use prevention and cessation programs.
The law also called for the creation of a community coalition to help identify cancer priorities in each county. The coalition, known as the Anne Arundel County Department of Health Conquer Cancer Advisory Council, is comprised of partners from local hospitals; medical providers; law enforcement; community and faith based organizations; Anne Arundel County Public Schools; Anne Arundel Community College; youth from local schools; and the community at large, with members representing the demographic, social and occupational sectors of Anne Arundel County. The council serves as the community health coalition required by the Maryland Department of Health Cigarette Restitution Fund Program.
The mission of the Conquer Cancer Advisory Council is to work collaboratively with local partners to promote publicly funded cancer and tobacco programs by identifying and implementing tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and cancer prevention education, screening and treatment programs. These programs relate to the targeted cancers in the County, thus assisting to preserve, promote and protect the health of all Anne Arundel County residents.
- Reduce morbidity and mortality related to cancer in Anne Arundel County.
- Identify and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate health disparities in Anne Arundel County.
The purpose of the Council is to:
- Identify existing tobacco and cancer programs that are publicly funded;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the publicly funded programs identified; and
- Develop a comprehensive Cancer Plan and a comprehensive Tobacco Plan that outlines a strategy for meeting the goals and requirements for the jurisdiction.
The Conquer Cancer Advisory Council meets three times during the year usually at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Lower Level Conference Room, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All meetings are open to the public.
For more information about Maryland Cancer Control Plans, see Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
Anne Arundel County Department of Health Prevention Screening Programs
Anne Arundel County Smoking Cessation Programs
Supported by the CRF Program
- Anne Arundel Community College – 410-777-2480
- Anne Arundel Medical Center – 443-481-4000
- Baltimore Washington Medical Center – 410-787-4367
- Maryland Quitline Services – 1-800-784-8669
- Owensville Primary Care – 410-867-4700
Learn To Live, Cancer Prevention
Learn To Live, Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation
State and National Resources
- Maryland Department of Health
- National Institutes of Health
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This webpage was funded in part by the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund (CRF).