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Law blocks sale of e-cigarettes to Ga. minors

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Department of Public Health officials say a new state law makes it illegal to sell or distribute electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18. <br /> <br /> Officials said Tuesday that emissions from electronic cigarettes could include several chemicals including formaldehyde. <br /> <br /> Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Department of Public Health Jean O'Connor says the products are especially dangerous for children. <br /> <br /> Public health officials say 1,169 calls were made to the Georgia Poison Center between April 2009 and April 2014 for exposure or poisoning linked to tobacco or nicotine products. <br /> <br /> Officials say GPC received 45 calls about issues with e-cigarettes between Jan. 1 and June 14, 2014, compared with five calls in all of 2011. <br /> <br /> Public health officials say there's no evidence suggesting electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative.
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