More than half of the poisoning reports involved children younger than 5, including many kids drawn to the nicotine-laced liquids flavored like fruit, bubble gum and soda pop, which come in containers ranging from small vials to multi-gallon jugs that are not required to be childproof.
E-cigarettes — battery-powered devices that let users inhale nicotine-infused vapors — now account for more than 40 percent of all poison center calls about cigarette-type products, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This report raises another red flag about e-cigarettes — the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be hazardous,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a statement. “Use of these products is skyrocketing and these poisonings will continue.”
Between September 2010 and February 2014, there were 2,405 calls about e-cigarettes to the nation’s 55 poison control centers, and about 16,248 calls about conventional cigarettes, the study found.
E-cigarettes — and the liquids used to refill them — are not regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration, though stakeholders in the growing $1.5 billion industry are anxiously awaiting a proposed rule that could give the agency new authority.
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