Electronic smoking devices are battery-operated devices that produce an aerosol by heating a liquid. The liquid contains nicotine, flavors and harmful chemicals. These devices are called by many names, including e-cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, e-hookah, vape pens, mods, tank systems or pod-based systems. They come in different sizes, shapes and types of batteries. These devices are the most popular among youth in Anne Arundel County.
Electronic smoking devices contain harmful chemicals, such as heavy metals, nicotine, benzoic acid, diacetyl and other chemicals that can lead to cancer. Products can also contain ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds. Many younger users are unaware of the health risks associated with electronic smoking devices. In the fall 2019, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with local and state health departments to investigate e-cigarette and vaping associated with severe lung illnesses.