E-cigarette poisonings in kids skyrocket, study finds

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  • 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

(CNN)The number of children under 6 poisoned by nicotine in e-cigarettes rose by nearly 1,500% between 2013 and 2015, and one child died, according to an analysis of calls to the National Poison Data System published in the journal Pediatrics.

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.
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