Poison Control Centers seeing increase in calls due to e-cigarettes

One call per month to poison control centers about liquid nicotine…four-years later…215 calls per month.  Children are mistaking flavored liquid nicotine for candy and are ingesting it.  Over half of the calls to poison control centers are for children under the age of 5.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered cartridges filled with a nicotine liquid that, when heated, creates an inhalable mist. Little is known about the long-term health effects of the products, which were developed in China and moved into the U.S. market in 2007.

“Some evidence suggests that e-cigarette use may facilitate smoking cessation, but definitive data are lacking,” Dr. Priscilla Callahan-Lyon of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products wrote in a recent medical journal article.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has an educational page where you can learn more about e-cigarettes.

If you have liquid nicotine in your house, talk to your kids about it and keep it up and out of reach.

ECigFactSheet-General Public


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