Poison centers see more calls about e-cigarettes

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Calls to poison centers around the country involving e-cigarettes have surged in recent years as the products have gained in popularity, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between September 2010 and February this year, the volume of calls involving e-cigarettes rose nationally from about one per month to 215 per month, even as reports involving conventional cigarettes showed no similar increase, the agency said. It also said the actual number of cases is probably much higher, given that not every case is reported to poison control.

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