TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: MARYLAND
January 12, 2020
Maryland’s vaping industry provided more than $389 million in economic activity in 2018 while generating 1,243 direct vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Maryland exceeded $10 million in 2016.
As of December 24, 2019, MDH has reported 57 cases of vaping-related lung illness. MDH reports do not offer details on age, gender, or substances vaped. MDH earns a D for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.
In 2017, only 1.5 percent of Maryland high school students reported using vapor products daily. More data is needed.
Only 4 percent of FDA retail compliance checks in Maryland resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.
Maryland spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Maryland dedicated only $10.5 million on tobacco control, or 2 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.