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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 4, 2014

Poison Centers Field Increasing Calls About e-Cigarette Exposure

JAMA. 2014;311(21):2164. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5481

Electronic cigarettes now account for 41.7% of the combined monthly calls to US poison centers about both conventional and e-cigarettes, according to a recent report.

Public health investigators have been concerned that as e-cigarette use increases in the United States, the overall public health effect hasn’t been clear. So they compared poison center reports about e-cigarettes with conventional cigarette reports during the period between September 2010 and February 2014. In the United States, e-cigarettes went on the market in 2007, but poison centers didn’t have codes for calls related specifically to them until 2010.