Smart Woman: E-Cigarette Poisoning On The Rise

Published 04/03 2014 06:09PM

Updated 04/03 2014 06:47PM

The use of electronic cigarettes is skyrocketing, and now poisonings related to the cigarettes are also rising.

The Center for Disease Control found poison centers received more than 200 calls related to e-cigarettes this past February, compared to just one call a month in 2010. More than half the calls involved children under the age of 5.

Some e-cigarettes use liquid nicotine and poisoning can happen if a person ingests or inhales the liquid, it can also be absorbed through the skin or eyes. The main symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and eye irritation.

The CDC says poisonings from e-cigarettes are likely even higher because not all cases are reported.

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