December 18, 2014 — In Fort Plain, New York, the tragic death of a 1 year-old boy has been blamed on poisoning from liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes, according to ABC News.
The boy’s death was called a “tragic accident” by the police officers who investigated. He was found unresponsive and rushed to the hospital, where doctors were unable to save his life.
This is the first death linked to liquid nicotine, but it may not be the last. As the popularity of “vaping” and e-cigarettes increase, the chances of accidental poisonings by infants also grows.
As of November 30, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has received 3,638 reports of liquid nicotine exposure, including ingestion, inhalation, absorption through the eyes or skin, poisoning, and overdoses. The number of reports skyrocketed 219% between 2012 and 2013.
The organization warns:
“One teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, and smaller amounts can cause severe illness, often requiring trips to the emergency department. Despite the dangers these products pose to children, there are currently no standards set in place that require child-proof packaging.”
The problem is that liquid nicotine is often packaged in flimsy squeeze-bottles that are easily opened by the child, but lack prominent warnings like those seen on traditional cigarette cartons. The liquid may be flavored in sweet-smelling flavors like cotton candy or gummy bears. Unfortunately, even tiny amounts can cause life-threatening side effects for a child.
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