Electronic Cigarette Side Effects
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Recent warnings by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out serious health risks associated with electronic cigarettes.
Potential side effects include eye injury, skin damage and possibly damage to other parts of the human body by the electronic cigarette device itself or via the the liquid nicotine used inside the “e-cigs” as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes.
The Centers for Disease Control has reported an increase in the number of electronic cigarette related calls to its poison control centers.
For the month of September 2010, CDC poison control centers averaged approximately 1 electronic cigarette side effects complaint call per month. That number has now grown to an average of 215 “e-cig” side effects complaints per month for the month of February 2014.
The CDC report states that the agency has received a total of 2,405 complaints related to electronic cigarette injuries and side effects. In comparison, tobacco cigarette product side effects generated on average 300-500 calls to the CDC poison control centers during the same time period.
Marketed as a healthy alternative to tobacco cigarettes, E-Cigs are battery powered devices that work by vaporizing liquid nicotine or other chemicals to deliver nicotine or other chemicals to users without the added tars or carbon monoxide produced when tobacco leaves are combusted in traditional cigarettes and pipes.
Nevertheless, CDC records indicate that of the 9,839 calls fielded for both traditional and electronic cigarettes, 58% of those calls relating to electronic cigarettes were calls where consumers had complained of some adverse health effect or side effects from those products.
- The report further indicates that 68.9% of these cases were situations where electronic cigarette users were injured as a result of ingesting something from the E-Cig.
- 16.8% of those reporting side effects were injuries related to consumers inhaling something from the electronic cigarettes
- 8.5% of those consumers reporting electronic cigarette side effects reported eye injuries.
- 5.9% of calls were skin injury related.