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E-Cigarettes and Liquid Nicotine

Poison control centers began receiving calls about e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine products in 2011, which coincides with the initial period where these products reached the US market. These products often contain a greater concentration of nicotine, a stimulant, than other nicotine/tobacco products on the market. Some children and toddlers who come in contact with e-cigarette devices or liquid nicotine have become very ill; some even requiring emergency department visits with nausea and vomiting being the most significant symptoms.

As of June, poison control centers have managed 1,441 exposure cases about e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine in 2018. For more information on how poison control center data is collected, please click here .



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Tips to prevent potentially harmful exposures to e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine:

        • Protect your skin when handling the products.
        • Take special care to always keep any nicotine-containing product, including e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine, out of the reach of children.
        • Follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.
        • If you think someone has been exposed in a dangerous way to an e-cigarette or liquid nicotine, call the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.
        • For more safety information, visit the page for E-Cigarette and Liquid Nicotine Exposures Prevention  

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