Palmetto Poison Center warns of the danger of nicotine liquid used to fill electronic cigarettes

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, April 8, 2014 4:34 pm

The Palmetto Poison Center is alerting everyone to a danger in the home that has become more common as its popularity has grown with both adults and teens- electronic, or E-cigarettes. Specifically, the bottles of nicotine liquid used to refill the cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes have been around for many years and are currently unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The concerning factor with the liquid is that the concentration of nicotine varies depending on the manufacturer. Liquid refills may contain high amounts of nicotine that if ingested or absorbed by the skin can cause illness. Nicotine can cause nausea and vomiting, and even seizures in large amounts. Just within South Carolina, the Palmetto Poison Center’s data shows a 250 percent increase in the number of children and adults that have been exposed to these products from 2012 to 2013. Due to the products often being brightly colored and highly fragranced with candy flavors of bubble gum, chocolate, etc, they can be very appealing children. Children are not the only individuals affected by accidental exposure. Adults are often exposed by mishandling the liquid because it can also be absorbed through the skin. Dr. Jill Michels, managing director of the Poison Center advises ‘Parents should be aware of this danger in their home. The refill bottles, of any size, are highly concentrated and even a mouthful could be a medical emergency for a small child.’

As with any product that has the potential to be a poison, Poison Centers advocate keeping all products up high and out of the reach of children. Should you suspect that your child or someone else has been exposed to an electronic cigarette liquid refill please contact the Palmetto Poison Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222. This nationwide number will connect you to your local poison center in a matter of moments. The hotline is a free, confidential, service that operates 24 hours day to provide poison treatment advice and information to callers nationwide.

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