ATLANTA, Ga. -

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health officials a new law has made it illegal to sell or distribute electronic cigarettes to children under the age of 18 as the product is especially dangerous to children. 

Officials say several chemicals could be in the emission of e-cigarettes exposing users. 

E-cigarettes are sometimes used as an alternative to smoking, but public health officials say there's no evidence to prove it's safe. 

Between January 1 and June 14 of 2014, officials say the Georgia Poison Center received 45 calls of issues with e-cigarettes.  In 2011 only five calls were made related to e-cigarette issues. 

Over the course of April 2009 to April 2014, public health officials say 1,169 calls were made regarding exposure or poisoning linked to tobacco or nicotine products.