(Ohio) – Ohio’s Health Director is issuing a warning to parents and the community regarding the dangers e-liquids present to toddlers.
Officials recently confirmed reports noting that while it is still relatively rare, nicotine poisonings are becoming more prevalent, especially in children. Nicotine poisoning references the toxicity related to nicotine in a variety of products.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes and pure liquid nicotine are the most likely products on the shelves today to lead to nicotine poisoning and it tends to affect children the most. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that more than half of the cases nicotine poisonings in 2014 involved kids under the age of 6.
Amy Action, director of the Ohio Department of Health has stated that many of the calls the states poison control centers get are related to children ingesting liquid nicotine, thinking it’s candy because of the marketing and labels on the products.
Officials note that less than a teaspoon of liquid nicotine has the power to kill a 2-year-old. As of 2016, liquid nicotine is now required to be sold in childproof packaging. Last week the Ohio Department of Health released new initiatives to combat youth vaping and e-cigarette use.