WOW! It wasn’t enough to learn that e-cigarettes can contain propylene glycol (see my post Dirty Secrets of E-Cigarettes). In our local newspaper there was an article on Thursday, April 10th, (the day I was enjoying my anniversary) entitled “Liquid nicotine poisoning on rise”.
According to the article the number of calls to poison control regarding exposure to liquid nicotine has risen from one call per month in September 2010 to 215 calls per month by February 2014. If that isn’t scary enough, more than half of the calls involved children under the age of 5.
So, what is drawing children that young to these e-cigarettes? Most e-juices come in fruity flavors like cotton candy, cherry cheesecake, and fruit punch? Can you just imagine that? I cannot!
According to the CDC, poisoning related to these e-cigarettes occurs through direct skin or eye exposure, ingestion or inhalation of the e-liquid. Of course they do not mention the propylene glycol that is also an issue.
One smoke shop owner said that he was aware that the e-liquid packaging is not childproof but felt it was the parent’s responsibility to keep the poisonous product away from their children. He also stated that the number of e-juice manufacturers is out of control and it is totally unregulated. Another smoke shop owner said that cigarette sales seem to have gone down while e-cigarette sales are going up.
I had a discussion with my daughter about this article. She teaches freshman at a local high school. She told me that some of her students have asked about them and what she thinks. She tells them that there are no long-term studies and that those using them are guinea pigs.
What are your thoughts on e-cigarettes? Yay or Nay?