- 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
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 Hospita
l 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 tobacco.
"This is the first comprehensive multiyear study of exposures among young children using a national database," Smith said. "Over the 40-month study period, more than 17,500 children were exposed to cigarettes, and more than 4,000 children were exposed to e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine."