Poison Control Centers See Rise in Calls Related to E-Cigarettes

Poison centers across the county are seeing a rise in calls related to E-cigarettes.

MGN Online

July 31, 2014

The billion-dollar electronic-cigarette industry is already in the spotlight over health concerns and now poison control centers across the country are warning users about the dangers of the liquid nicotine used to refill the E-cigarettes

The E-cigarette market has seen a boom in business in the last few years.

Proponents say they help smokers kick the habit but those against it say they are skeptical about the safety effects because research is relatively new.

A new concern has emerged, that over the potential dangers of the liquid nicotine used to refill E-cigarettes.

"Most of the ingestions are in very young children. These are children who walk around and and may find a nicotine cartridge and drink it," says Dr. Joshua King, Medical Toxicology Fellow at the Blue Ridge Poison Center.

Health officials at the Blue Ridge Poison Center say the number of related calls to poison control centers around the country has dramatically jumped in the last two years and many of those calls are about young children who got into liquid nicotine at home.

"They're marketed with bubblegum flavoring, chocolate flavoring, we were looking today, some are flavored like various cereals. Very sweet flavoring, things that children may naturally find," says King.

Liquid nicotine can be easily absorbed through the skin and swallowing it could cause potentially serious poisoning. resulting in nausea, dizziness, seizures and even death.

It can take as little as one teaspoon to impact the life of a child.

Control centers are urging users to treat E-cigarettes like you would treat any other potentially harmful product.

"Keep nicotine out of the way. Keep it up high in a cabinet, keep it behind locked doors, keep it where children can't reach it, by far, in a way, that's the most important thing," says King.

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