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Can E-Cigs Poison Your Children?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Can e-cigarettes poison your children? A new CDC study says such occurrences are on the rise.
Air Date: 4/9/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michele Burns, MD
michelle burnsDr. Michele Burns, MD, is the Medical Director of the Regional Center for Poison Control & Prevention serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island and a staff physician within the Division of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at Boston Children's Hospital.
Can E-Cigs Poison Your Children?
A new CDC study finds a dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers.

The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study published in a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period.

More than half (51.1 percent) of the calls to poison centers due to e-cigarettes involved young children under age five, and about 42 percent of the poison calls involved people age 20 and older.

This report raises another red flag about e-cigarettes: the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be hazardous.

Special guest, Dr. Michele Burns, provides the latest information on these e-cigarette liquids, as well as how to best protect your children from harm.
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