E-cigarettes were introduced into the market as an alternative way for quitting traditional smoking addiction. But the increased advertisements has led to its exposure even among young children.
A survey of U.S poison calls center showed that phone calls regarding liquid nicotine poisoning among children is skyrocketing. One of the main dangers of e-cigarettes is liquid nicotine that has to be smoked can easily be swallowed.
‘Liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes can harm young children if swallowed or absorbed into the skin. Ensure you store them out of their reach.’
They examined the nicotine poisoning among children aged below 6 years between 2012-2015. There were about 4000 calls regarding swallowing, inhaling and touching of e-cigarettes especially among children under 2 years.
Liquid nicotine swallowing can pose several health risks and could even be fatal. In 2012, there were 14 calls related to e-cigarette poisoning which quickly jumped to 223 in 2015.
Health officials have warned parents to closely monitor their children and take them to emergency room immediately when exposed. They have also asked adults not to store them openly and keep it out of the child's reach. Also don't leave them on the table or car or in your purse where children can get attracted to it easily.