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HHS HealthBeat (May 2, 2014)

Poisoning by e-cigarette

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

E-cigarette use is on the rise, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says calls to poison centers are rising, too. A review says e-cigarettes accounted for less than one half percent of cigarette-related calls in September of 2010 but almost 42 percent in February of 2014.

CDC researcher Tim McAfee:

“This product has a potential to cause poisonings. The e-cigarette and e-cigarette liquids contain concentrated levels of nicotine.”

McAfee says flavorings in e-cigarette liquids may make children mistake them for candy. The study found more than half of the poison center calls involved children ages 5 years and younger.

The study is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 2, 2014