Accidental poisonings from e-cig liquid becoming more common

March 24, 2014 9:30 PM

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Accidental poisonings from e-cig liquid becoming more common

The case may still be out on the health risks of smoking e-cigarettes, but news is barreling in about the potential dangers of the liquids that these devices turn into vapor. According to The New York Times, the number of calls to poison control centers because someone imbibed or was otherwise exposed to the liquid nicotine mixture — often called e-liquid — that's used to refill e-cigs has skyrocketed over the past few years, reaching over 1,300 in 2013, up 300 percent from the year before. Of those cases, 365 were reportedly referred to hospitals, a figure that also tripled from the year prior. Total calls is reportedly on track to double in 2014.

Young children are commonly the subject of those calls, though adults have had problems with e-liquids too. According to the Times, one person began having cardiac problems simply after having liquid spilled on her and it absorbed through her skin. But while a small amount of e-liquid is reportedly ...

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