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Report: E-Cigarette Poisoning On The Rise

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Man smoking an E- Cigarette  (Photo credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Man smoking an E- Cigarette (Photo credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report stating that poisoning from the liquids used in electronic cigarettes is on the rise.

According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, in September 2010 there was an average of one e-cigarette related phone call made per month to U.S. poison control centers, compared with 215 calls per month reported by February 2014.

Records of phone calls made to poison control centers concerning conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid were analyzed by the CDC. From September 2010 to February 2014, 2,405 calls were made for e-cigarette exposure and 16,248 calls were for cigarette exposure.

Roughly 51.1 percent of calls concerning e-cigarettes involved children 5 years or younger, while 42 percent of calls were for people 20 and older.

“An e-cigarette exposure call was defined as a call regarding an exposure to the e-cigarette device itself or to the nicotine liquid, which typically is contained in a cartridge that the user inserts into the e-cigarette,” the report cited. “A cigarette exposure call was defined as a call regarding an exposure to tobacco cigarettes, but not cigarette butts.”

Researchers found that e-cigarette phone calls included reports of adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting and eye irritation.

The CDC used records from poison control centers across the country and U.S. Territories.

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