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California Department of Public Health Calls E-Cigarettes A Health Threat And Calls For Regulation

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A new study of U.S. poison center calls has found a surge in young children being sickened by e-cigarettes, with most of the cases involving them swallowing liquid nicotine.

While suffering effects like vomiting a rapid heartbeat and jittery behavior, most children weren’t seriously harmed, but one child did die and several had severe complications. Monthly calls about young children and e-cigarettes rose from 14 early in 2012 to 223 by the end of the study in April 2015.

The researchers called for greater awareness by parents about keeping e-cigarettes out of reach of young children, and for stricter regulation of the products.

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