CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Electronic cigarettes continue to become popular alternatives to tobacco products, but they’re increasingly becoming a hazard to children.
Poison Control workers say in the past year, they received more than 1,400 calls of children under 6 years old being exposed to liquid nicotine.
Parents are reportedly leaving out the bottles and kids are drinking them. That liquid comes in hundreds of flavors, including many candy flavors that could be attractive to children.
Nicholas Friscia, a co-owner of the Voltage Vape Shop says the bottles have child-proof caps on them, similar to medicine bottles. “When it comes down to it, it’s vape safety,” he explained, “and just the safety of the people using them to keep. I don’t have kids, I keep them away from my dog, so it’s more common sense safety-wise and you just got to be mindful.”
Medical toxicologists say skin exposure to liquid nicotine can also be dangerous. If you are exposed, you’re advised to wash it off with soap and water. If it’s swallowed, contact Poison Control.
Unlike tobacco products, e-cigarette products aren’t federally regulated, so companies can sell candy and fruit flavored nicotine, which could be attractive to children.