E-cigarettes undoing anti-smoking efforts: Study Health experts have claimed that e-cigarettes are next big smoking poison and their popularity is undoing the anti-smoking efforts made by several organizations across the globe in the past three decades. According to official figures, the number of people using the e-cigarettes in the US jumped significantly in the last couple of years. Data showed that number of calls to poison centres in the US relating to e-cigarettes has increased from just one in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. The figures released by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that even the number of calls from people using conventional cigarettes has not shown such increase. The CDC statistics reveal that over 50% of the calls relate to children under the age of five. "This report raises another red flag about e-cigarettes -- the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be hazardous," CDC director Tom Frieden said in a statement. "The most recent National Youth Tobacco Survey showed e-cigarette use is growing fast, and now this report shows e-cigarette related poisonings are also increasing rapidly," Tim McAfee, director of CDC's office on smoking and health, was quoted as saying. The study comes at a time when speculation is rife that the Welsh government is planning to include e-cigarettes under the smoking ban.
Source-delhi daily news