Tobacco Control Program

Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) and Vaping in Youth and Young AdultsThink Vaping is Safe Flier. Click for pdf version of the flier

What you should know:

  • Electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes — are also called vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
  • Using an e-cigarette product is commonly called vaping.
  • E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.

Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) have:

  • Chemicals that can cause lung disease and possibly death
  • Nicotine that is addictive and can damage the developing brain
  • Liquids that can contain:  THC and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives.
For Teens:

Visit teenhealthmatters for information and resources.

Additional Resources:

How to Quit:

Maryland Raises Age for Sales of Tobacco Products and Electronic Smoking Devices 

Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly passed the Tobacco 21 (T21) law which increases the age for the sales of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (ESDs) from 18 to 21.  Maryland’s new law covers all individuals under the age of 21, with the exception of active duty military age 18 to 20.  According to a Maryland Department of Health News Release, "approximately 780,000 Marylanders use tobacco products, most of them starting before age 21. This new law aims to protect the 255,000 Marylanders between ages 18 to 20 from developing a nicotine addiction".  

The Health Department has programs designed to help people of all ages to quit smoking or vaping.  Visit our Tobacco Sales Enforcement Program to Prevent  Youth Access to Tabacco webpage for more information about helping teens and young adults quit smoking/vaping.

You can find additional information about quitting tobacco at . 

The new T21 law will take effect on October 1, 2019.  For more information go the Maryland Department of Health's T21 webpage here.

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program

The Howard County Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program offers an evidence-based smoking cessation program modeled after the American Lung Smoking Cessation Flier. Click to get .pdf of flierAssociation’s Freedom From Smoking Curriculum.  Free education and assistance are offered to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Howard County.

  • Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Lung Cancer is the #1 cause of cancer deaths in the world, killing more people than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined
Program Goals
  • Preventing initiation among youth/young adults from using tobacco/nicotine-related products
  • Providing resources to promote quitting among adults and youth
  • Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities
Free Quit Smoking Help
  • Weekly individual and group sessions are offered
  • Help with developing a quit plan, reducing stress, cravings, and withdrawal symptoms
  • Nicotine replacement patches, gum, lozenges, and Chantix offered to those attending classes
  • Physician evaluation to determine the best method to help quit.
To Register

Call 410-313-6265


Program staff are available to attend events or conduct education presentations. To request staff attendance or resource materials, complete and submit the Community Outreach Event Request Form, or call 410-313-6265.

For information about our tobacco awareness programs for teens, click here.