Cigarette Restitution Fund Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening and Treatment Program Local Public Health Component

The Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program (CPEST) provides and administers grants to local health departments and academic centers to reduce cancer mortality and cancer disparities in Maryland.


The Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund (CRF) was established in 2000 by the Maryland General Assembly (SB896/HB4125) to reduce the cancer incidence and mortality in Maryland. The legislation required the establishment of a local public health component to coordinate efforts in each jurisdiction. The local public health component of the CRF is the Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program (CPEST).

The purpose of the CPEST Program is to reduce cancer mortality in Maryland and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes among whites and ethnic minorities. There are seven targeted cancers identified as priorities under the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP). CRFP funds may be used to provide prevention, early detection, and/or treatment services for the targeted cancers. The seven-targeted cancers are lung and bronchus, colorectal, breast, cervical, prostate, skin (melanoma), and oral cancers.​

Local Health Department Cancer Programs 

JurisdictionContact Number​
Allegany County301-759-5000
Anne Arundel County410-222-7979
Baltimore City - University of Maryland Medical
​Baltimore City - Medstar​410-350-8216
Breast and Cervical Program
University of Maryland Medical Group
Baltimore County410-887-3456
Calvert County410-535-5400
Caroline County410-479-8080
Carroll County410-876-4443
Cecil County410-996-5168
Charles County301-609-6900
Dorchester County410-228-3223
Frederick County301-600-3362
Garrett County301-334-7770
301-895-3111 (toll-free)
Harford County410-612-1780
Howard County410-313-4255
Kent County410-778-1350
Montgomery County240-777-1222
Prince George's County301-883-3524
Queen Anne's County410-758-0720
St. Mary's County301-475-4330
Somerset County443-523-1760
Talbot County410-819-5600
Washington County240-313-3200
Wicomico County410-334-3480
Worcester County410-632-0056