According to the Pediatrics study, the rate of nicotine poisoning in kids was twice as high in Arkansas as the national average, even though the state had regulations—such as requiring that e-liquid bottles have child-proof caps—in place.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The federal government is fighting back against a handful of companies that make liquids for e-cigarettes, and some local vape shop owners support their efforts.
The FDA sent 13 warning letters to companies that produce e-liquid, accusing them of deceptive marketing. The products were packaged to look too similar to juice boxes, cookies, candies, and whipped cream (and smelled like those foods, as well), increasing the chances that children would try to use them.
According to a study published in the April 2018 edition of Pediatrics, more than 8,000 cases of nicotine poisoning in children were reported in the United States between 2012-17. The vast majority of those cases involved children under the age of three who drank the liquid.
“It does not take much to even kill a child,” said Nicole Ward, a tobacco treatment specialist at UAMS. “It’s very poisonous to children, and pets. And it can be absorbed through the skin, and I think there’s a lot of parents out there that don’t realize this. And it looks like it’s harmless, and they’re—a lot of times—in very small packages, so it looks like it would never harm somebody, but it really doesn’t take much for small children.”
According to the National Poison Control Center, nicotine poisoning, “often causes nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tremors (shakiness), and sweating, and can make the heart beat much faster than normal. Severe poisoning can cause seizures. It can even cause death. Seizures can begin only 20-30 minutes after swallowing products containing nicotine.”
Millions of people nationwide vape–or use e-cigarettes–because it is touted as a safer alternative to tobacco.
‘“Safer is not safe,” Ward stated. “It doesn’t take much for something to be safer than a cigarette, because smoking is so bad for you.”
Ward said vaping can be a good option for someone who otherwise would not quit smoking, though other options are preferable.
Topher Kent said he had tried other methods to quit, but could never stick with anything until he tried vaping. He now runs Rogue Vapers, which has locations in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Russellville.
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