E-cigarettes prompt calls to poison control

By WEEK Producer

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E-cigarettes prompt calls to poison control

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM CDT

An increasing number of people, especially young children, are being injured after coming into contact with e-cigarettes.

The problem occurs when people touch or accidentally swallow the liquid nicotine found inside e-cigarettes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control there were 215 e-cigarette related calls to poison control in February of this year.

"The symptoms that people are reporting are predominantly nausea and vomiting and eye irritation,” said Dr. Tim McAfee of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

Kids under the age of six accounted for more half of the e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers.

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