Study: E-Cigarette Exposures Soar 1,500% in Children

Exposures cause serious poisoning, even death - experts urge swift government action

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – A new study shows an alarming increase in the number of children exposed to electronic cigarettes and the liquid nicotine used in them. From January 2012 through April 2015, the number of calls to poison control centers related to e-cigarette exposures among young children skyrocketed nearly 1,500 percent.

“By the end of the study we saw a call roughly every 3 hours to a poison control center for a child who had been exposed to an e-cigarette or liquid nicotine,” said Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, senior author of the study and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “That’s about 7 children a day. That is an epidemic by any definition.”

Compared with children exposed to cigarettes, children exposed to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine were more than 5 times more likely to be admitted to a hospital for treatment and two-and-a-half times more likely to have a severe medical outcome.

“Most of the children who were exposed swallowed the liquid nicotine, which can cause seizures and respiratory arrest and even caused one child death during the 40-month study period,” Smith said.

Smith partnered with colleagues from the Central Ohio Poison Center to evaluate the number of calls related to e-cigarette and liquid nicotine exposures nationally. Citing their findings, experts are calling on the federal government to take swift regulatory action to protect children from these products.

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The growing popularity of e-cigarettes has fueled an alarming increase in the number of children who are dangerously exposed to them and the liquid nicotine they use, according to a new study from Nationwide Children`s Hospital.

Flavored liquid nicotine like this contributed to a nearly 1,500 percent increase in the number of children who were dangerously exposed to e-cigarette products from January 2012 through April 2015, according to a new study from Nationwide Children`s Hospital.

Calls to poison control centers regarding young children who were exposed to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine skyrocketed nearly 1,500 percent over a 40-month span, according to research out of Nationwide Children`s Hospital.

Calling the alarming increase in the number of e-cigarette exposures to young children an `epidemic,` experts at Nationwide Children`s Hospital are urging the federal government to take swift action to regulate e-cigarettes. Researchers found a nearly 1,500 percent increase in the number of young children exposed to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine from January 2012 through April 2015.

A new study from Nationwide Children`s Hospital found an alarming increase in the number of children exposed to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. From January 2012 through April 2015, calls to poison control centers for young children exposed to e-cigarettes shot up nearly 1,500 percent, and one child died after swallowing liquid nicotine.

Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, reviews the findings of a study he and other researchers conducted at Nationwide Children`s Hospital that found a nearly 1,500 percent increase in the number of young children who were exposed to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine from January 2012 through April 2015.