Are e-cigarette poisonings on the rise in Canada?

Global News

They’re touted as safer alternatives to cigarettes, but a new U.S. report on e-cigarettes warns they may be causing a spike in poisonings. Is the same trend happening in Canada?

U.S. poison control centres went from receiving a single e-cigarette call per month to nearly 200 calls by 2014, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month.

It calls e-cigarettes a “major public health concern.” Dr. Martin Laliberté, director of the Canadian Association of Poison Control Centres, agrees.

“In Canada, there seems to be anecdotal reports that suggest a similar trend … the general impression that we have coming from all five of our poison control centres across the country is that it’s becoming more and more frequent,” Laliberté said.

“There are some pretty significant amounts of calls coming in.”

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