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Spike in US poison calls over e-cigarettes

Published on Apr 4, 2014 1:36 AM
Enthusiast Brandy Tseu uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2014. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, popularly known as "vaping," from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces within the nation's second-largest city. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The number of calls to US poison control centers about accidents with bottles of liquid nicotine for refilling e-cigarettes - many involving children - has spiked in recent years, health authorities said Thursday.

The number of monthly calls went from one in September 2010 to 214 in February 2014, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than half of the calls (51 per cent) concerned children under age five who had swallowed, inhaled or spilled the liquid on their skin or in their eyes.

The most common complaints were vomiting, nausea and eye irritation.

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