Published On: Fri, Sep 19th, 2014

Calls about E-cigarettes up 600%: Washington Poison Center

The phenomenon of “vaping” (using an E-cigarette, which resembles smoking) and availability of E-cigarettes and liquid
nicotine has dramatically increased over the past several years across the country.

Two brands of e-cigs with the corresponding spare battery.  Equazcion at the wikipedia project

Two brands of e-cigs with the corresponding spare battery.
Equazcion at the wikipedia project

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has seen a staggering increase in total calls to the poison center by over 600% compared to previous years, according to data presented in their most recent Toxic Trends Report.

Experts from the WAPC say , E-cigarettes contain high concentrations of liquid nicotine which can poison a child with a single mouthful.

“Sick from nicotine includes things like vomiting, ultimately, if they’ve taken enough of it — which isn’t very much if you’re dealing with taking concentrated nicotine,” says Dr Lewis Nelson, a medical toxicologist. “Muscle paralysis and even death is possible.”

Nelson points out that its easy to take in too much due to the concentration of the product. One e-cigarette can contain anywhere from 18 to 72 milligrams of nicotine.

Related: International health body, The Union, calls for ‘urgent regulation’ of e-cigarettes

How can you keep your child safe from liquid nicotine?

The WAPC says it is important to store all nicotine products out of reach of children. Children may be attracted to liquid nicotine products because they come in brightly colored packages, are flavored, and are not required to have child resistant packaging. Parents also should not use e-cigarette products around young children as young kids may be tempted to mimic the actions of older adults.

Related: E-cigarettes advertisements directed toward youth increase significantly: study




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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  3. Your Name... says:

    There have been no deaths attributed to e-liquid in the eleven years it has been on the market. Diluted nicotine is not the poison some poorly informed ‘Health’ professionals have said. Since the three attempted suicides in the UK by e-liquid, the LD50 limit was re-evaluated from 40-60mg/kg body weight to a much higher 500-1000mg/kg body weight.

    Nicotine causes a human to violently vomit long before a lethal dose is reached. It is a painful experience to ingest diluted nicotine. It is an experience a child will remember for a long time. Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin can’t make that claim. Kids die every year from eating them.

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