E-cigarette Poisoning Skyrocketing for Children and Teens

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The increase in children using e-cigarettes has led to an increase in the number of children being poisoned by nicotine according to a multi year study conducted by Dr. Gary A. Smith Director for the Center of Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“The numbers of accidental poisonings skyrocketed because of the explosive popularity of e-cigarettes. Their use among U.S. adults doubled between 2010 and 2013, and tripled among high school students from 2013 to 2014. That trend continues: Total sales are predicted to top $10 million by 2017,” wrote Dr. Smith.

“On average, every three hours, a poison center receives a call about a young child exposed to an e-cigarette or liquid nicotine,” explained Dr. Smith.”That’s more than seven children each day.”

Studies conducted by several researchers and doctors conclude that,” More than 90% of the children swallowed the nicotine-laced liquid, known as e-juice, that is smoked inside e-cigarettes. Nearly half of the exposed children were under the age of 2.The number of children exposed to e-cigarette products each month rose from 14 January 2012 to 223 in April 2015,” reported CNN.com.

“Although they do not produce tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes still contain nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, and recent research suggests nicotine exposure may also prime the brain to become addicted to other substances,” wrote the National Institute of Drug Abuse. “Also, testing of some e-cigarette products found the vapor to contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals (such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde), as well as potentially toxic metal nano-particles from the vaporizing mechanism.”

The way e-cigs are designed they entice young children due to their colorful liquids, enticing flavors, crazy shapes and sizes, and the fun images on their packaging. “Critics of the industry have called for manufacturers to limit or change flavors, packaging and labeling so that they are less appealing to youngsters,” reported CNN.com. “Story said his association has advocated since 2009 for a changes in the law that would require age verification and restrict sales to minors, as well as childproof bottles.”