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E-Cigarettes Responsible for 251 February Poison Center Calls

CNN News reports that though e-cigarettes have been praised for their ability to help people quit smoking, they may be even more dangerous than normal cigarettes. According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report there “were 215 poison center calls involving e-cigarettes” in the month of February and that 51% of these calls involved children under the age of 5. The poisonous agent is the liquid nicotine used to re-fill the e-cigarettes, a concentrated form of nicotine which can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin or eyes. While e-cigarettes could benefit public health if “responsibly marketed and properly regulated” by reducing the number of people who use conventional cigarettes, proper FDA regulation is necessary to control poisonous agents.

Read the article published by CNN News.

Read the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Report here.