1-Year-Old Dies After Ingesting E-Cig's Liquid Nicotine

e-cigMany call it a fake cigarette, but e-cigarettes come with a very real danger and this tragic accident is proof we must keep them away from children. In Fort Plain, New York, a 1-year-old died after ingesting the liquid nicotine from an e-cig. More and more people are "vaping" instead of smoking traditional cigarettes, meaning more children will have acess to their parents e-cigs.

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An ambulance was called to the upstate NY home and the child was found unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital, but died. The toddler's death is said to be the first accidental death related to e-cigarettes. The American Association of Poison Control said:

One teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, and smaller amounts can cause severe illness, often requiring trips to the emergency department.

Despite the dangers these products pose to children, there are currently no standards set in place that require child-proof packaging.

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More than half of the calls to poison control regarding liquid nicotine consumption are involving children under 5-years-old, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Since e-cigs are continuing to become more popular, the number of these calls will no doubt rise. And while this is the first death of a child, if children are able to get their hands on e-cigs, it may not be the last. The packaging is not child-resistant, and parents need to keep their e-cigs far away from a child's reach.

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My heart breaks for this family who probably didn't realize the dangers of liquid nicotine, and who never thought something like this could happen. That's what makes this a tragic accident. Many do not know that the liquid in an e-cig could be fatal if a child ingests it. I hope anyone reading this will spread the word to make sure all parents, families, or anyone hosting a kid know that e-cigarettes cannot be left around because of the danger.

Were you aware of the danger of liquid nicotine if ingested by a child?

 

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