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ASHEVILLE – E-cigarettes and vaping, once touted as the safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes, can be life-threatening for young children exposed to e-liquid and its vapor, according to NC Poison Control.

While second-hand smoke from traditional tobacco products increases the lifetime risk of cancer, heart and lung disease, the highly concentrated nicotine in e-liquids can poison children almost instantly, according to the agency.

By mid-September, the CNPC had processed nearly 150 exhibitions at electronic cigarette products in 2019 – and half of those cases were exposures to children 5 and under.

“The problem for children is that most e-liquids contain nicotine, and nicotine in very small amounts is dangerous, even fatal, for children,” said Dr. Michael Beuhler, CNPC’s medical director.

Children come into contact with e-cigarette products when they taste or swallow e-liquid, receive e-liquid on their skin or in their eyes, or inhale the aerosol from an e-cigarette device , the CNPC said in a Sept. 16 statement. Release. This supplies high concentrations of nicotine to their bloodstream and ultimately to the brain.

Symptoms and dang

The most common symptom of nicotine poisoning is throwing up. Severe cases can have fatal consequences, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – heart failure, fluid buildup in the airways, and paralysis of the muscles that control breathing can all kill children.

“Children like to imitate their parents’ behavior, and the e-liquid is generally colorful and smells pleasant,” Buehler said.

North Carolina Law states that all e-liquid containers must be sold in child-resistant packaging and labeled as containing nicotine. It is an offense to sell e-liquid containers that do not comply with these provisions and the seller is liable for any injury resulting from improper packaging.

But a preponderance of black market e-liquids, including well-known brand fakes that contain a number of harmful chemicals, means there are plenty of e-liquids available that do not meet safety and health regulations. , according to the CDC.

How to keep children safe

CNPC recommends that all electronic cigarette products be stored in a place that children cannot see or reach. Teach children that electronic cigarettes are not intended for them and ask guests to store electronic cigarette products high up during visits.

If your child has been exposed to an electronic cigarette product, contact NC Poison Control by phone (800-222-1222) or chat at NCPoisonControl.com. Nurses, pharmacists and doctors handle all calls and discussions and will help you determine whether the amount ingested, inhaled, or absorbed is dangerous and what to do next.

Aron M. Newman

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