E-cigarette poisonings in kids skyrocket, study finds

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  • Calls about e-cigarette poisoning in young children are on the rise, a study says
  • 90% of the affected children swallowed the nicotine-laced liquid
  • Children are easily attracted to the colorful bottles and flavors of e-juice

(CNN)The number of children under 6 poisoned by nicotine in e-cigarettes rose by nearly 1,500% between 2013 and 2015, and one child died, according to an analysis of calls to the National Poison Data System published in the journal Pediatrics.

More than 90% of the children swallowed the nicotine-laced liquid, known as e-juice, that is smoked inside e-cigarettes. Nearly half of the exposed children were under the age of 2.
    The number of children exposed to e-cigarette products each month rose from 14 in January 2012 to 223 in April 2015.
      "On average, every three hours, a poison center receives a call about a young child exposed to an e-cigarette or liquid nicotine," said the study's senior author, Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "That's more than seven children each day."
      The numbers of accidental poisonings skyrocketed because of the explosive popularity of e-cigarettes, Smith said. Their use among U.S. adults doubled between 2010 and 2013, and tripled among high school students from 2013 to 2014. That trend continues: Total sales are predicted to top $10 million by 2017.

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      The study looked into calls about exposure to nicotine and tobacco products in children under 6 between January 2012 and April 2015. It compared e-cigarettes with tobacco cigarettes and other tobacco products, mostly snuff and chewing tobacc