- Liquid Nicotine Exposures Rise Among Children
- December 10, 2014 | Author: Stephen J. Burg
- Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
The number of young children exposed to liquid nicotine has risen sharply over the past few years, according to The Associated Press. The blame has been placed on the booming e-cigarette industry, as the amount of hand-held vaporizing units has also risen.
The AP reported more than 2,700 people have called poison control this year reporting exposure to liquid nicotine. Over half of those cases involved children under the age of 6. These numbers also reveal a dramatic increase of incidents, compared to a few hundred cases just three years ago.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported the numbers demonstrate a 219 percent increase in exposures from 2012 to 2013. In addition, some children who have come in contact with either e-cigarette devices or with the liquid nicotine itself became ill, with some requiring emergency room visits. Nausea and vomiting were the most prominent symptoms.
Professionals are concerned
"It would be really hard for a child to eat a whole pack of cigarettes, but now we're dealing with these very, very concentrated forms you get more than a pack of cigarettes in a small, ingestible amount," Robert Bassett, a medical toxicologist in Philadelphia, told the AP.
The AP noted even Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, warned about keeping these products out of reach of children.
"You might consider doing the same thing you do with your liquor or your household chemicals, and keep them locked up or up high so no one can get them," Conley said.
Exposure means any contact
However, the fears aren't exclusive to children swallowing the substance. Even skin exposure to liquid nicotine can be toxic. The AAPCC reported even adults should use care to protect their skin when handling the devices and refill bottles.