There has been a dramatic increase in the number of calls to poison control centers as a result of young children being exposed to vaping liquids. According to Dr. Gary A. Smith of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy in Ohio, accidental exposures to vaping liquids used in e-cigarettes were over five times more likely for children to be admitted to a medical facility than incidents with traditional cigarettes and more than twice as likely to have severe medical outcomes, reports MedPage Today.
“These are not trivial exposures. There were comas, seizures, and even one death in the 40-month period we studied, and these exposures were predictable and preventable,” Smith told MedPage Today. “E-cigarettes and vaping liquids are products that should never have entered the market without adequate consideration of the harms they could cause to young children.”
The retrospective analysis included both nicotine and tobacco-exposure calls involving children younger than 6 years of age to poison control centers identified through the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ (AAPCC) National Poison Data System (NPDS), during the 40-month period, MedPage Today reports.
Dr. Smith also commented on the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they will now be exerting authority with new regulations over the e-cigarette industry as a “huge step forward.”
“Children are being exposed in the home to these highly toxic products that have no child-resistant packaging, and that come in flavors which are highly attractive to them, like bubble gum and ‘Captain Crunch,’” added Smith.
Dr. Smith stressed that many parents using these products may not recognize how poisonous nicotine can be to children. “Even a relatively small dose, which may not cause many effects in adults, can cause major effects in kids.”