The Texas Poison Center blog is here to provide useful information and tips on dealing with toxins and poisons that we are sometimes unintentionally exposed to in or out of the home. This blog is not meant to replace calling a Poison Control Center. Poison centers offer free medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.
Friday, January 23, 2015
E-Cigarettes and Children: A Dangerous Combination
A while back, we ran a blog on the dangers of e-cigarettes,
but with this issue being a very hot topic in the news currently, we felt it
was important to address the issues regarding liquid nicotine. This past
December, a one-year-old in New York died after swallowing liquid nicotine
which has lawmakers now pushing for stricter regulation on e-cigarettes and how
they are made.
E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are designed to look
like real cigarettes except they contain a battery, a heating element and
liquid nicotine. These products were initially marketed as a safer alternative
to smoking actual cigarettes. But they can be just as dangerous, if not more,
if the liquid nicotine is swallowed.
Nicotine is a poisonous chemical that can be found in the
tobacco plant. It causes symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, shakiness, elevated
heart rate, and sweating. Nicotine poisoning can even cause death. If a child
were to ingest this liquid nicotine, even in very small quantities, it could
potentially cause seizures and even death.This product is very dangerous for children.
Here are some tips to keep your home safe from possible
Keep all and any nicotine products up and far away from children’s reach.
Liquid nicotine should be kept locked up or completely out of the home if children.
Keep products in their original containers.
If you or a loved one has accidently ingested liquid
nicotine or spilled some on your skin, please do not hesitate to contact the
Texas Poison Center Network at 1-800-222-1222.
Expert nurses and toxicologists are available 24/7- when you need them the
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