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E-Cigarette Injury Reports on the Rise

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The number of injury complaints associated with the use of e-cigarettes has risen in the past year, Reuters reports. E-cigarette users have filed complaints with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about injuries including burns, nicotine toxicity, heart problems and breathing difficulties.

More than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed between March 2013 and March 2014, Reuters found. That is similar to the combined number of complaints filed during the previous five years. The article notes the health problems reported were not necessarily caused by e-cigarettes. Problems reported in the last year also included headache, cough, dizziness, nose bleeds, chest pain, allergic reactions and sore throat.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report that found poison control centers are reporting an increase in the number of calls they are receiving for nicotine poisoning from e-cigarettes. This February, centers received 215 calls, compared with about one per month in 2010. About half of calls related to nicotine poisoning from e-cigarettes involved children ages 5 or younger.

The FDA is soon expected to announce regulations for e-cigarettes. While some health experts say the devices can help people stop using regular cigarettes, others are concerned they will encourage young people to take up smoking.

Most e-cigarettes are made in China, and their quality is inconsistent, making it difficult to assess their possible role in health problems.

3 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of LicensedPoet
    LicensedPoet / April 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Of course the FDA will regulate e-cigarettes because the lobbyists for big tobacco are paying them to – if you haven’t figured out the FDA is just an “old boys club” that looks where they are paid to look and overlooks what they are paid to overlook – ie they are overlooking the THOUSANDS OF TOXINS and complaints about the FSC THEY HAVE REQUIRED BE ADDED TO ALL CIGARETTES IN THE USA! This alone is thousands of times more dangerous than any ecigarette – seriously look into THAT! Ecigarettes are turning thousands of smokers into ex smokers – if they cared about the health of smokers they would be giving them away! Aspirin gets more calls and complaints than e cigarettes!!!!!

  2. Fr. Jack Kearney / April 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    To put this in perspective, more than 300,000 calls were received for analgesics, and more than 200,000 for “cosmetics”. Virtually all ecig vendors put child-proof caps and clear warnings on their eliquid bottles, and very, very little comes from China. Perhaps mascara manufactures should do the same.
    Those “experts” who think ecigs will lead children to smoking have no scientific evidence to back up their theory. Ecigs help people quit smoking, not start.

  3. Avatar of Matt c
    Matt c / April 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Not true, ecigs do make many people start smoking (particularly young people). I am a senior in highschool and have attended 2 different high schools in different areas of my state during grades 9-12. Ecigs were being used by a vast variety of students in both schools. Most students (and many older people I have asked) think ecigs are nearly harmless. I myself who thought smoking tobacco was stupid, was very interested when I was first introduced to a WC fling strawberry ecig as a 9th grader. I tried it and soon became very heavily involved with the due to the addictive properties of the nicotine. I have been smoking ecigs daily for 3.5 years with no end In sight. I have also noticed a very similar trend among classmates. The ecig has hurt my lungs and my endurance for sports. I believe ecigs are better for you than traditional cigarettes but should be studied further. Age restrictions should remain the same as all nicotine products

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