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American Academy of Pediatrics

Protecting kids from liquid nicotine

Protecting kids from liquid nicotine

During the past four months, Maryland's poison control centers have received 16 calls regarding an unlikely exposure source: the liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes. Most of those calls involved children under the age of 5 who unintentionally ingested the toxic liquid nicotine, which can be brightly colored and come in flavors like grape and gummi bear that appeal to young children. Of the children who came into contact with this dangerous substance, 60 percent were seen and evaluated in the emergency department. Nicotine is a highly toxic substance when ingested or absorbed through the skin, and it quickly produces serious or even fatal effects in children. Liquid nicotine...