E-Cigarette liquid poisoning reports on the rise

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Health officials are reporting a surge in the number of liquid nicotine poisonings from e-cigarettes. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report, children are particularly at risk.

The report reveals that calls to poison control centers about e-cigarettes have shot up to 215 per month. More than half of the calls involved children age five or younger.

Poison experts warn that nicotine in its concentrated liquid form is significantly toxic, even in small doses.  E-cigarettes are not required to be childproof, and with flavors like spearmint, banana and bubble gum, they can be appealing to kids.

Liquid nicotine poisoning can happen if a person ingests or inhales the liquid. It can also be absorbed through the skin or eyes.

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