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BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5568

E-cigarette refill cartridges are unsafe, say doctors: Doctors in the United Kingdom have called for the safety of nicotine refill cartridges used in electronic cigarettes to be improved after treating a 30 month old infant who may have swallowed the contents of one.1 They said that the number of calls to poison centres in the United States relating to accidental swallowing of the contents of refill cartridges rose from one in September 2010 to 215 a month by February 2014. Severe nicotine poisoning can cause irregular heartbeat, coma, convulsions, and cardiac arrest. …

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