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article imageIncrease in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

By Tim Sandle     Apr 13, 2014 in Health
Washington - The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to the U.S. CDC.
The study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 50% of the calls to poison centers were due to e-cigarettes involved young children 5 years and under, and about 42 percent of the poison calls involved people age 20 and older.
Poisoning related to e-cigarettes involves the liquid containing nicotine used in the devices and can occur in three ways: by ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin or eyes.
Commenting on the findings, CDC Director Tom Frieden said: “This report raises another red flag about e-cigarettes – the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be hazardous. Use of these products is skyrocketing and these poisonings will continue. E-cigarette liquids as currently sold are a threat to small children because they are not required to be childproof, and they come in candy and fruit flavors that are appealing to children.”
Whilst the data shows an increase in e-cigarette poisoning issues, the number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period. Poisoning from conventional cigarettes is generally due to young children eating them.
The findings have been published in the Morbidity and Mortality Report.
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