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Page updated:​
March 31, 2020

Key Resources on E-Cigarettes and Vaping

What We Know

  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth.1
  • Between 2017 and 2018, high school use of e-cigarettes/vapes increased 78 percent, leading the U.S. Surgeon General to call youth use an "epidemic".
  • Nicotine is the primary agent in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and there's nicotine in most flavored e-cigarettes.​ 
  • Nicotine can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s, negatively impacting memory, learning, and attention.1   
  • Young adults who use e-cigarettes are four times more likely to begin smoking regular cigarettes within 18 months compared to those who do not use e-cigarettes.​2
  • E-cigarettes produce a chemical-filled aerosol, not "harmless" water vapor.1 
  • Chemicals in e-cigarette aerosol include nicotine, acetone, and ultrafine particles that should not be inhaled into the lungs.1
  • E-cigarettes are not FDA approved as a quit smoking aid, and there is limited evidence in their effectiveness in helping smokers quit.3

What Resources Are Available​

For Young People:​​

I want to know more about e-cigarettes/vapes...

For Parents:​

I want to know more about e-cigarettes/vapes...

I want help talking to my child/teen about vaping...
I want to know more about the vaping-related lung illness...

I'm looking for information about e-cigarettes/vapes...
I'm looking for a school curriculum or program, including alternatives to suspension...
I'm looking for free posters to order for my school....​

I'm looking for help adding e-cigarettes/vapes to our tobacco-free school policy...

I'm looking for information on how to talk to my patients about e-cigarettes/vaping...
I'm looking for information about the health risks of e-cigarette use...
I'm looking for information on vaping-related lung illness...​

For questions, contact 410-767-5529​ or mdh.tobaccocontrol@maryland.gov.



1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. A Report of the Surgeon General. 2016, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health: Atlanta, GA.​
2 Leventhal AM, Strong DR, Kirkpatrick MG, et al. (2015). Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Initiation of Combustible Tobacco Product Smoking in Early Adolescence. JAMA.314(7):700–707. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8950
3 ​Al-Delaimy, W. K., Myers, M. G., Leas, E. C., Strong, D. R., & Hofstetter, C. R. (2015). E-cigarette use in the past and quitting behavior in the future: a population-based study. American journal of public health105(6), 1213–1219. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302482