Number of Poisonings from E-Cigarettes Has Risen Sharply

Published 04/03 2014 04:02PM

Updated 04/03 2014 04:04PM

(NBC News) An increasing number of people are being injured after coming into contact with e-cigarettes.

The problem occurs when people touch or accidentally swallow the liquid nicotine found inside e-cigarettes.

"People do not appreciate the level of toxicity that is present in this e-liquid. This is concentrated nicotine," says Dr. Tim McAfee of the Centers For Disease Control.

As sales of e-cigarettes have risen in recent years so have calls to poison control centers related to that concentrated nicotine, or e-juice as it's sometimes called.

The CDC has released a report finding just one call to a poison center related to e-cigarettes in September 2010. In February 2014 there were 215.

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