Portland, OR – A new warning for parents who use e-Cigarettes.
While considered much safer than traditional cigarettes, safety authorities are warning parents to keep e-cigarettes away from children.
The Poison Center of Oregon at OHSU reports a regular increase of reported poisonings involving children, after exposure to the liquid found inside electronic cigarettes. Exposure has been reported as either skin contact or ingestion.
In 2010, the center saw no reports of e-cigarette poisonings, several in 2011 and 2012, 10 in 2013 and 9 already in 2014. Washington state has seen even more, with 39 reports already in 2014.
Symptoms include nausea and vomiting, but so far, no series hospitalizations or deaths have occurred. If you believe your child has been exposed to the liquid inside e-cigarettes, you should contact your local poison control center.