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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 pm.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

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The Latest On Vaping Illnesses

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 7 pm

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting nearly 2,200 cases of lung injury related to e-cigarettes and vaping nationwide, and at least 42 deaths. In simple terms, vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an e-cigarette or other vaping device. These battery-powered smoking devices have cartridges filled with a liquid usually containing nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals and metals, but not tobacco. While there is tentative evidence that e-cigarettes may help people quit smoking, they have not been proven more effective than smoking cessation medicine. Since their entrance to the market over 15 years ago, e-cigarette use has risen around the globe with nearly 13% of American high school students using them recreationally at least once in the previous month. 

On Monday, December 2nd, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health hospitalist physicians Dr. Zarana Patel and Dr. Vinisha Amin will discuss the issue of vaping and lung disease on Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” program at 7 pm.

Do you have a general question about vaping? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or email your question to