ESD Resource Hub

Electronic Smoking Devices (ESD) Resource Hub


Electronic smoking devices (ESDs) encompass a range of electronic products designed to deliver nicotine and other chemicals through aerosol inhalation. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes or vapes, typically consist of a battery, a heating element, a cartridge/tank with e-liquid, and an atomizer that converts the e-liquid into an inhalable aerosol. Vape pens, pod systems, and mods are variations of ESDs that offer different features and customization options. These devices have gained substantial popularity due to their perceived modernity, convenience, and the illusion of a safer alternative to traditional smoking. Heated tobacco products (HTPs), on the other hand, are another category of ESDs that use an electronic device to heat specially prepared tobacco sticks or loose tobacco leaf, sometimes in combination with e-liquid. These products also release an aerosol that is closer to tobacco smoke, with a higher amount of fine and ultrafine particles than e-cigarettes.

Across the ASEAN region, ESDs are gaining popularity, especially among the youth.  It is imperative to take action and unmask the truth behind ESDs and their harms.