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Poisonings Due to Nicotine in E-Cigarettes on the Rise


Electronic cigarettes have been promoted as smoking cessation tools and people have been falling for this marketing gimmick. This is why it comes as no surprise that the sale of electronic cigarettes is on the rise. With many flavors and levels nicotine strengths, people are drawn to it just like smoking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expressed concern over this growing fad. They are concerned about the effects of the liquid nicotine that is sold in these electronic cigarettes.


Earlier this year in February, there were around two-hundred and fifteen cases of poisoning due to e-cigs. This data was revealed by the CDC in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and is alarming as compared to one reporting a month back in September 2010. The sad part is that a shocking 51% of those calls involved children of the age of five and younger. This is taking into account all the cases of poisoning that are not reported, which could take the number higher.

Nicotine is a drug, and in its liquid concentrated form can be extremely harmful. It is noxious comes in contact with your skin even in small amounts. As of now electronic cigarettes are not in any way required to be child-proof. With appealing flavors like spearmint, raspberry and bubble gum it makes the kids curious. “What’s attractive to kids: It’s the smell. It’s the scent. It’s the color,” said Gaylord Lopez, director of the Georgia Poison Center. “A kid’s not going to know the difference between a poison and something they can drink.”

This brings to mind a pressing question – are electronic cigarettes a smoking cessation tool? And if so, how safe are they? Lopez states that, “You can start to feel sick in as little as four to five minutes. The fumes themselves can be poisonous, and if we inhale them for long enough we’re going to get a little sick to our stomach.”

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