E-Cigarette poisoning risk

The jury is still out on the safety of e-cigarettes and their ability to help smokers kick the habit. One thing that is not up for debate, however, is that the liquid nicotine the e-cigarette "vapes" is a poison that must be kept out of the hands and mouths of children.

Vaping, or vaporizing, is thought to be a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. The e-cigarette delivers nicotine by vaporizing the liquid. Nicotine is one of the world's most popular drugs, but is also highly toxic.

The most dangerous form of nicotine that is commonly available is the liquid used in vaping. It is highly concentrated and if ingested can be fatal. The most likely victims are children under 5, who make up more than half of all calls related to e-cigarettes made to poison control centers. The refill liquid is often flavored with candy and fruit flavors, which makes it attractive to little ones.

The best thing for parents to do if they choose to use e-cigarettes is to store all equipment and refills where the kids can't get them. That means locked away or high up and out-of-reach. If you think someone has ingested liquid nicotine, call poison control immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

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