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Calls to Poison Control Centers on the Rise due to Children's Exposure to E-Cigarette Vaping Liquid

May 11, 2016

Calls to poison control centers have dramatically increased with incidents of accidental exposure to vaping liquids by young children. During a 40-month period from 2012 to 2014 there was an approximate 1,500% increase in poison control calls of e-cigarette incidents with children under 6 years of age, MedPage Today reports.

The retrospective analysis included both nicotine and tobacco-exposure calls involving children younger than 6 years of age to poison control centers identified through the American Association of Poison Control Centers' (AAPCC) National Poison Data System (NPDS), during the 40-month period, reports MedPage Today.

The NPDS received 29,141 calls for nicotine and tobacco product exposures among young children, averaging 729 exposures per month, from January 2012 through April 2015. Most exposures were due to ingestion at 95.5 percent, and of those in which access was known, about 45 percent occurred when products were stored in sight of the child. More than three-quarters of these children were under the age of 2.

"Children with accidental exposures to e-cigarette vaping liquids were more than five times more likely to be admitted to a medical facility than those exposed to traditional cigarettes and more than twice as likely to have severe medical outcomes," wrote researcher Dr. Gary A. Smith, of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy in Ohio, according to MedPage Today.

"These are not trivial exposures. There were comas, seizures, and even one death in the 40-month period we studied, and these exposures were predictable and preventable," Smith told MedPage Today. "Children are being exposed in the home to these highly toxic products that have no child-resistant packaging, and that come in flavors which are highly attractive to them, like bubble gum and 'Captain Crunch..'"

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