Poisonings linked to e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are increasingly a source of reports of harm made to poison-control centers, and young kids are often the victims

By Janet Raloff, 09:34 AM April 8, 2014

E-cigarettes look much like traditional cigarettes, but don’t burn tobacco. Instead, they heat up a mix of chemicals to create a vapor that is breathed in. The practice is called vaping. That’s because users inhale gas vapors — not smoke — from these devices. Already millions of teens have tried vaping. And what they inhale can include nicotine, an addictive substance, as well as chemicals that cause cancer. Now, a report links poisonings to these tobacco alternatives. And the victims can be ...

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