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E-Cigarette poisonings rise in kids: FDA issues new rules to control

E-cigarettes are considered to be the replacement of traditional cigars which are less harmful than the others. People who want to quit smoking in the early stages use E-cigars as a substitute. It comes up with a liquid made of nicotine, propylene glycol or other flavours. No adverse health effects are seen using E-cigars when compared to Tobacco cigarettes.

As per the research made by the United States Poison centre, there is seriously rising in the cases of young children falling sick because of these E-cigars. The majority of the admitted cases are due to inhaling or swallowing of liquid nicotine. On reacting to the study on e-cigarette poisonings Dr. Gary Smith, Director of the Centre for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus stated that “This is an epidemic by any definition”.

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According to the research, the number of young kids affected by e-cigarettes escalated from 14 in January 2012 to 223 by the end of April 2015. A total number of 4,128 cases were recorded, where the majority of the children are below to age-group of 2. Nearly 14 percent of the total 30,000 calls involve kids’ exposure to nicotine and tobacco products during that time.

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The doctors and researchers reacting to the alarming issue said that results highlight a need for better parent awareness for keeping these e- devices out of the reach of young children. They also stated that strict rules and regulations are being held by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should also concentrate on the strict implementation of the same.

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Last week FDA issued rules & guidelines involving the requirement of a federal review of the E-cigar devices and the information about the ingredients used in it. The agency urges the manufacturer’s to arrange nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging as most of them are getting attracted to the current packing. This action would strengthen the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Law.

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