What you should know:
Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) have:
What the CDC recommends:
Symptoms of Severe Lung Disease Reported by Some Patients in This Outbreak
Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:
Regardless of the ongoing investigation:
Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping product should not buy these products (e.g., e-cigarette or vaping products with THC, other cannabinoids) off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
How to Quit
As this investigation continues, CDC encourages clinicians to report possible cases of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury to their local or state health department for further investigation.
If e-cigarette or vaping product use is suspected as a possible cause for a patient’s lung injury, a detailed history of the substances used, the sources, and the devices used should be obtained, as outlined in the Health Alert Network (HAN), and efforts should be made to determine if any remaining product, devices, and liquids are available for testing.
Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Secretary Robert R. Neall today issued the following clinical reporting order as the investigation of severe lung illnesses in Maryland continues (click below):
DIRECTIVE AND ORDER OF THE MARYLAND SECRETARY OF HEALTH TO REPORT VAPING ASSOCIATED LUNG INJURY CASE INFORMATION
For additional information and guidance, visit:
(Information and resources courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Visit teenhealthmatters for information and resources.
How to Quit:
On Dec. 20, 2019, the President of the United States signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. There is NO MILITARY EXEMPTION and no grandfathering clause.
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 www.SmokingStopsHere.com .
For more information go the Maryland Department of Health's T21 webpage here.
The Howard County Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program offers an evidence-based smoking cessation program modeled after the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking Curriculum. Free education and assistance are offered to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Howard County.
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.