Jessica Firger
April 3, 2014

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds e-cigarette liquids are behind an alarming increase in the number of phone calls made to U.S. poison control centers. In September 2010, there was an average of one electronic cigarette-related phone call made per month compared with approximately 215 calls per month reported by February 2014, according to the paper published April 3 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

For the report, the CDC examined records of phone calls made to poison control centers regarding conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid, with a total of 2,405 calls for e-cigarette and 16,248 cigarette exposure calls from September 2010 to February 2014. Among e-cigarette phone calls, 51.1 percent involved children 5 years or younger, while 42 percent of calls were for people 20 and older.

Poison control centers did not report any increase in calls for conventional cigarettes, which typically occur when a child has ingested tobacco.

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