SFATA Responds to CDC E-Cig Study

ecigCDC finds poison control calls regarding e-cigarettes are on the rise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, noting that the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014.

The report went on to note that more than half (51.1%) of the calls to poison centers due to e-cigarettes involved young children five years and under, and about 42% of the poison calls involved people age 20 and older.

The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) was quick to respond with a statement. “We are aware of reports of increased calls to poison control centers that involve e-liquid and support federal age restrictions on the purchase of vapor products, childproof caps and proper labeling to safeguard against accidental ingestion of e-liquid by minors or adults,” said Cynthia Cabrera, executive director of SFATA, which is dedicated to advocacy, awareness, and education for the electronic cigarette industry. “As the use of personal vaporizing products has grown rapidly in popularity, SFATA has advocated for the use of childproof packaging and clear warning labels.”

She added, “In addition, we encourage parents of small children to take precautions with liquids containing nicotine, just as they would with other household products that could be toxic if ingested. As an industry, we do not market to children or teens. These products are for adult smokers who are looking for a better alternative to combustible cigarettes.”

Data for the CDC study came from the poison centers that serve the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. The study examined all calls reporting exposure to conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or nicotine liquid used in e-cigarettes.  Poison centers reported 2,405 e-cigarette and 16,248 cigarette exposure calls from September 2010 to February 2014. The total number of poisoning cases is likely higher than reflected in this study, because not all exposures might have been reported to poison centers.

 

 

  • Bill Godshall

    Seems like the CDC’s lies even duped SFATA.

    There is no evidence that ingestion of nicotine has ever killed, poisoned, or caused injury to any human.

    A drop of e-liquid tastes awful, and vomiting quickly results a human manages to ingest the stuff (similar to what happens when someone accidentally swallows chewing tobacco juice).

    That’s probably why CDC’s report didn’t mention that any e-cig calls to PCCs resulted in a healthcare facility admissions (which PCCs are required to report). Also please note that PCCs consider any use or any touching of an e-cigarette to be an “exposure”, and the CDC falsely referred to all of these reported exposures as “poisonings” to create public hysteria and to lobby for the FDA to ban e-cigs.

    According to the 2012 report from the National Poison Data System, there were 193,443 reported cases of poisoning from household cleaners. Alcoholic beverages led to 54,445 calls to Poison Control and believe it or not, toothpaste led to 20,206 reported cases of poisoning.

    An even better way to put the risks of e-cigarettes into perspective is to compare their risk of unintended harm to children with other public health measures that we accept in order to protect not just individual health but population health. Every year the CDC receives approximately 30,000 reports of adverse reactions to vaccines. Of these, 10 to 15 percent — between 3,000 and 4,500 cases — are considered serious, “resulting in permanent disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illnesses or death.”

    But the federal government doen’t mandate childproof caps on bottles of liquor, many household cleaners, toothpaste or childhood vaccines.

    Besides, the overwhelming majority of e-liquid products have long been available with child proof caps, and warnings to not ingest the e-liquid.

    The only regulation for e-cigs that FDA has considered (and has restated its intent to impose) since 2011 is the “deeming” regulation (which would apply all Chapter IX provisions in the FSPTCA to e-cigs). But Section 905(j) and Section 910 of that federal statute would BAN ALL E-CIGARETTES.

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