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Health Matters: E-Cigs Could Lead To Poisoning
Liquid nicotine from electronic cigarettes is causing a surge of reported poisonings among children.
A report released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that calls to Poison Control Centers have shot up from about one per month as of September 2010 to approximately 215 per month as of this February.
More than half of the calls made in February involved Children ages five and younger.
Poison experts warn that nicotine in its concentrated liquid form is significantly toxic, even in small doses. And you don’t have to drink it to get poisoned.
Just inhaling or spilling liquid nicotine can cause side effects and possible poisoning.
These liquids can be easily mistaken for candy with flavors like bubble gum, banana and spearmint.
As of now, e-cigarettes are not required to be child proof, but a spokesperson for e-cigarette makers is working with manufacturers to create childproof packaging and warning labels.