E-cigarette exposure rates increase in Central Texas

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POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 1:13pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:29pm

Monday, Scott and White Hospital health officials held a press conference in Temple to talk about the increase in accidental exposures to children and adults from e-cigarettes.

According to physicians, calls about cigarette and e-cigarette exposures have substantially increased, where at least half of the calls are in response to toddlers and children under five who are accidentally ingesting nicotine. In 2011, there were 11 accidental exposure calls to the poison center in Central Texas. Last year, there were 120 reported exposure calls.

"Second hand smoke from regular cigarettes has toxic side effects to the general public. Electronic cigarettes, it's not just purely water vapor that's being exhaled. There is nicotine and potentially other things that's being exhaled," said Dr. Heath White, Pulmonary and Critical Care doctor at Scott and White Hospital.

Doctors say it's a common misconception that e-cigarettes are better. However, in reality, there is not enough evidence out there to show the side effects and whether e-cigarettes can help you stop smoking.

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