Warning of Accidental Poisoning by E-Cig Juice

The Minnesota Poison Control System warns parents of accidental poisoning by e-cig juice. The liquid, known as e-cigarette juice, is used to fuel tobacco vaporizers. A news release from the Minnesota Department of Health Tuesday said that the vials of liquid can contain nicotine levels fatal to children, and that kids sometimes mistake them for candy or food. Several calls also involved infants who swallowed e-juice. In 2012, the poison center received five reports of poisonings among people under 20 related to the cigarette alternative. In 2013, that number increased to 50.

A fatal dose of nicotine for an adult is between 50 to 60 milligrams, and less for children. E-juice containers typically contain 18 to 24 milligrams. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include nauseau, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and difficulty breathing.

Know the facts.
There are currently no state or federal law requiring manufacturers of e-juice to disclose ingredients or require child-resistant packaging. Bills now moving through the state House and Senate would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prohibit their use indoors and in public spaces under Minnesota’s Freedom to Breathe Act. The bills do not directly address the problem of children being poisoned by e-cigarette fluid.

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