Created: 02/26/2014 10:28 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Poison Control Centers in New Mexico and across the nation say it’s a fairly new concern. Small children can get attracted to the flavored, brightly colored vials that go inside e-cigarettes. But if they drink those vials, it can cause serious problems, including death.
“Cherry, banana, all kinds of different...Oreo cookie, bubble gum, so it's very attractive to children,” NM Poison Control Center Educator Jacqueline Kakos said. “If they can get into those storage vials, all that nicotine, it would just be a matter of opening the cap and drinking the juice and that would be dangerous.”
The center has gotten more calls related to e-cigarettes as they’ve grown in popularity. The center had 9 e-cigarette related calls in 2011, 11 in 2012, and 23 in 2013. So far for 2014 they’ve had five calls.
The vials are potent, with much more nicotine than with a normal cigarette. Kakos says they aren’t meant to be smoked by an adult in one sitting, so imagine the effects that come with a small child consuming the whole thing.
“Nicotine poisoning you're gonna see flushed skin, increased heart rate, nausea, vomiting, sweating possibly and real hyperactivity,” Kakos said.
New Mexico’s Poison Control Center says they haven’t seen a child suffer those symptoms yet, and they want to keep it that way. They’re asking caregivers who smoke e-cigarettes to keep them far from children, and if they do think their kid has had a taste of the liquid, to call the Poison Control Center.
You can contact the center at 1-800-222-1222.