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 smoking devices (ESDs).
  • 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.

What You Should Know: Smoking, Vaping, and COVID-19:

  • The CDC has identified smokers as a group of people at higher risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19.
  • People who smoke were 2.4 times more likely to have severe symptoms from COVID-19 compared to those who did not smoke.
  • New research from Stanford University shows teens and young adults who have vaped may be up to five times more likely to test positive  for the virus than their non-vaping peers
  • There has never been a better time to quit smoking to protect your health and the health of others during the COVID-19 pandemic, please call us at 410-313-6265 to learn more about tobacco cessation support, or call the MD Quitline at - 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for FREE help with quitting.

What the CDC recommends: E-Cigarette Vaping-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

  • As of February 2020, a total of 2,807 hospitalized EVALI cases or deaths have been reported to CDC from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands). 
    • Note: Since the COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic, the reporting and tracking of EVALI cases and deaths have been suspended. 
  • EVALI symptoms are si