There’s an increasing ingestion hazard across the country in e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes and are quickly becoming popular. Unlike a regular cigarette, e-cigarettes contain liquid nicotine — which is heated up by a coil and then inhaled by the user. The user then breathes out a puff of vapor. This is nice, since it doesn’t involve tobacco or other byproducts of smoke and fire. Unfortunately, they’re also popular among children.
The packaging looks visually appealing to children. The nicotine comes in small packages that can resemble candy. In addition, it comes in interesting flavors, such as strawberry, banana, and even cotton candy.
The vapor that is exhaled by the user smells like the flavor of the nicotine, so that can be appealing to children, as well. If a child accidentally ingests liquid nicotine, it is important that you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 — regardless of where you live in the United States. They can help you walk through any accidental ingestion, letting you know exactly what to do for your child.