E-Cigarette Liquid Poisonings on Rise in Alabama

E-cigarettes can smell pretty delicious, with many of flavors tasting like candy. But that appealing taste and smell, along with the fact that these unregulated devices aren’t childproof, can end up becoming a poison hazard.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recently uncovered information that shows poison centers nationwide received more than 200 calls related to E-Cigarettes this past February. That’s compared to just one call per month in 2010.  More than half of those calls from February involved children under the age of five.

WHNT News 19 called the Alabama Regional Poison Control Center to get their take. The center says they personally handled 23 cases between 2010 and 2013. But here’s the eye-opening number: The center has recently handled 23 cases in just 2014 alone.

The majority of cases are kids who got their hands on a bottle of E-liquid and got some on their skin or tasted it. The poison control center says the liquid’s high-concentration nicotine is what makes it so dangerous.

In extreme cases, it can lead to problems with the nervous system, said Alabama Regional Poison Control Center Director Ann Slattery.

She says the following can occur in this order.
• First you become alert
• Then a state of agitation
• Confusion sets in
• Drowsiness
• Coma or Seizure

For adults who handle liquid nicotine, Slattery recommends locking up refill bottles and keeping e-cigarettes out of the reach of children.  Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to liquid nicotine should contact the Regional Control Center for Alabama. The number is 1-800-222-1222.

 

17 comments

  • KB

    I agree Tim! Most of these devices have a case that zips up. Keep them away from your kids like you would anything of this nature. Just another excuse for another lawsuit. How about child endangerment??

  • j.mck

    They need to find a way to make the bottles child resistant like pharmacies are required to do with medicine bottles..

  • Nuclear Mike

    Death by 2ND-hand smoke is far more dangerous than the minuscule threat of the e-cigarettes…

  • Tammy B

    Ok parents, keep your things put up , and educate your children if old enough to understand , and if not , keep it put away so they cannot get to it, it’s no different than medicine and house cleaners. Come on parents you know this!!

  • Ashley

    I agree! Stupid people on the rise! I am sure that if their parents smoked regular cigarettes, we wouldn’t be hearing about those same children getting ahold of those and eating them. I think WHNT should post those numbers too. How many children have gotten into their parents cigarette and ate them? How many have stolen them and smoked them then were addicted to them? This seems like a no issues to me! The government has been warning us for years that cigarettes /nicotine are poisonous /dangerous. KEEP OUT OF REACH!

  • KB

    Nuclear Mike, They are talking about the liquid nicotine being ingested and absorbed through the skin and THAT is more dangerous. We breathe dirty air all day no matter where we are.

  • chase capley

    Yes I agree with locking up your juice and everything but they do have a way you can turn them on and off. So if people wasnt so careless it wouldnt happen near as much.

  • Doug

    I think more kid get toothpaste overdose but they don’t take that out of the stores. I hope not haha

  • Mariah

    Most companies that sell the liquid sell them in child proof bottles that say 18+ ONLY, keep out of reach of children and pets. However, it is the parents fault if they let their child get it and ingest it, just as it is their fault if they ingest candy flavored alcohol or bleach for that matter. Sounds like lazy parents who dont want to take blame for their own neglect.

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