(May 28, 2019, Salisbury, MD) The Maryland Department of Health held its 3rd Annual Maryland Tobacco Control Conference on May 14th in Linthicum, Maryland. This year, two Lower Shore Tobacco Coordinators were selected to speak on the discussion panel at the conference; Rhonda Bryant of the Wicomico County Health Department and Tynice Deshields of the Somerset County Health Department. Along with three other panelists, the Lower Shore Tobacco Coordinators discussed the growing epidemic of electronic smoking device (ESD) use among teens in Maryland schools, and how local health departments can team up with school systems to provide outreach and education to stop teen tobacco usage.

The Lower Shore Tobacco Coordinators also highlighted their recent event the Tri-County Teen Leadership Tobacco Summit, which brought teen leaders together from Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties to learn about the dangers of ESDs. Teen leaders were then able to take what they learned at the summit and pass it on to peers at their schools.

For more information on tobacco program in Wicomico County, call (410) 334-3480, visit the Wicomico County Health Department’s website at www.wicomicohealth.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram (WicomicoHealth) or Twitter (@WicomicoHealth). For tobacco programs in Somerset County, contact the Somerset County Health Department at (443) 523-1760, visit their website at somersethelath.org or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram (somersethealthmd) or Twitter (@somersethdmd). 

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