E-Sick? More Kids Being Poisoned by E-cigarettes

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DALLAS--Vaping is great! All the fun of nicotine without the danger of smoke for everyone around you, right?

Right?

"People believe that it's less toxic than cigarettes, and it may be, however, it is not safe," said Dr. James Pinckney of Diamond Physicians in Dallas.

Yeah, poison control centers have been getting a lot of calls lately about kids being poisoned by liquid nicotine.

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In January 2012, poison control centers in the U.S. got about 14 calls a month about kids swallowing, inhaling, or touching e-cigs. By April 2015, that number was up to 223 every month.

Back in January 2012, poison control centers in the u-s got about *14* calls a month about kids swallowing, inhaling, or touching e-cigs.

By April 2015, that number was up to 223 every month.

"You can have jitters. You can have headaches. And in severe cases, you actually can have a seizure and coma. So this is a serious problem," Dr. Pinckney said.

The news comes as the FDA announced plans to treat e-cigs just like any other tobacco products. That means special labels and child-resistant packaging, especially for the cartridges of colorful liquid used to refill the e-cigs.

The experts say you should treat e-cigs like medicine and put them somewhere kids can't get to them.

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