E-cigarette poisoning on the rise nationwide according to CDC

E-cigarette poisoning on the rise nationwide according to CDC; not the case in Knox County

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The Knox County Health Department said although e-cigarette related calls are not required to be reported to the agency, it does not believe there is a growing trend locally. The Knox County Health Department said although e-cigarette related calls are not required to be reported to the agency, it does not believe there is a growing trend locally.
The CDC said e-cigarette liquid containers are not required to be childproof. The CDC said e-cigarette liquid containers are not required to be childproof.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Poison calls related to electronic cigarettes are on the rise nationwide, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite the national rise, Knox County is not seeing the same increase.

The Knox County Health Department said although e-cigarette related calls are not required to be reported to the agency, it does not believe there is a growing trend locally.

Additionally, a spokesperson for East Tennessee Children's Hospital said e-cigarette related incidents involving children are not even on their radar, as they have not had any reports as far as they know.

According to the CDC, the number of calls to poison centers involving the liquids in e-cigarettes saw a "dramatic increase," jumping from one call a month in September 2010 to 215 a month by February 2014.

More than half those calls involved children under the age of five.

The CDC said that children are ingesting, inhaling or absorbing the liquid.

6 News spoke with the owners of Knoxville Vapor about precautions that parents need to take when storing e-cigarette products.

"Absolutely keep this away from your kids," Knoxville Vapor owner Bill Livezey said. "Labels on all of our bottles have warnings on them with ingredients and it says ‘keep out of reach of children.'"

The CDC said e-cigarette liquid containers are not required to be childproof.

"This report raises another red flag about e-cigarettes - the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be hazardous,"  CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a press release. "Use of these products is skyrocketing and these poisonings will continue."

Knoxville Vapor co-owners Bill and Terri Livezey said they do choose to keep child safety precautions on their products anyway.

"The caps are childproof so you really have to push down and turn to get them open," Terri Livezey said. "It helps to prevent little ones from getting into it but still even with the childproof cap you want to keep it up and away from your kids."

"They should be treated like anything else you want to keep away from your kids," Bill Livezey said. "It's another one of those things that boils down to being a parent and being responsible."

The CDC said the most common health effects stemming from e-cigarette calls were vomiting, nausea and eye irritation.

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