A device sold in stores and kiosks everywhere could poison your children–and you may be unaware of the dangers.
E-cigarettes are hurting kids across the nation, causing seizures, comas and respiratory arrest. The National Poison Data System says the number of children under the age of 6 who were poisoned by e-cigarettes rose by almost 1500% between 2013 and 2015. But how is this happening?
E-Cigarettes Poisoning Kids
One of the most dangerous elements of e-cigarettes is liquid nicotine, also known as “e-juice.” E-juice is highly concentrated and can be extremely harmful when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed by the skin or eyes. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has received 623 reports of e-cigarette and liquid nicotine exposures across all ages– just between January 1 and April 30, 2016. The small, colorful e-juice packages are often enticing to small children, and they come in a number of different flavors such as fruity candy, bubble gum and chocolate.
Following these guidelines can help prevent poisonings in kids:
- Leave the devices and liquid nicotine out of reach of children
- Avoid using e-cigarettes around children to help prevent kids from “imitating” the behavior
- Input the phone number for the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222) into your cell phone, and keep it in an accessible place in your home in the event your child or pet gains access to the e-juice
Explosions, Burns and Blisters
Unfortunately e-cigarettes are not just a danger to our internal health–they also can be a huge safety hazard. A Longboat Key man was recently left with second-degree burns all over his leg after the battery in his e-cigarette exploded in his pocket. Sadly, explosions are not all that uncommon. A similar incident took place in Kentucky in February, and an Oklahoma teen was severely burned in April. At the time of writing, a teen made news when the battery in his electronic cigarette exploded, ripping a hole through his tongue and destroying his teeth. This incident took place just days after an Alabama high school student was injured last week.
E-cigarettes are marketed as a much safer, healthier way to smoke. As this trend continues, we are finding this is simply untrue. These devices can be seriously detrimental to your health and safety, especially to young children.