Poison control calls due to vapes have risen to an astounding 400 percent in Kentucky, reports said. This prompted the local poison control center to issue a warning and educate the parents that despite the nice flavor and scent of e-liquids—the nicotine can be toxic and may kill the kids.
The center is worried about the spike of calls that are related to accidental ingestion of e-liquids that are used in vaping. Vapes are unique since they feature something that normal tobacco doesn’t have. Vapes have the ability to get custom flavors which can be attractive to children and young folks. Vapes are known to sport candy flavors, watermelon, cotton candy and even chocolates.
The poison control center says that if parents want to vapes they just need to keep the liquids beyond the reach of the children. The flavorings are so tempting that some children would also rub the liquid on to the skin.
Electronic cigarettes are touted to be safer and healthier alternatives to smoking. But the nicotine that is found in vaping liquid can be dangerous especially when ingested. Children especially the young ones may mistake the vaping liquid as candy or food which could lead to poisoning and an unwarranted visit to the emergency room.
Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that are designed to mimic the behavior of regular cigarettes. They work by burning the liquid inside a cartridge which contains pure nicotine. The result is a vapor that is inhaled by a vaper to deliver the nicotine via the lungs. This is the closest thing to smoking without getting exposed with the harmful chemicals that causes millions of death each year.
The World Health Organization estimated that about six million people die each year worldwide due to smoking-related diseases. Another 600,000 people die from second-hand smoking.
Smoking is a leading cause of heart disease and cancer. Smoking can also cause a myriad of diseases. About a billion people have died since the start of record keeping due to smoking said the WHO.
Poison control advocates are also calling for vaping makers to design child-proof containers to prevent young people from accidentally ingesting the liquid. This would go a long way in preventing children from becoming a poisoning victim.
Victims of unwarranted ingestion of vaping liquid often show symptoms of nausea, vomiting, flushing and sweating. There have been cases where headaches and dizziness are also reported. The main concern of poison control people is the increased heart rate due to nicotine poisoning and the corresponding rise in the blood pressure that could be fatal if left unabated.
A child that rubs the liquid onto the skin should get the affected area washed immediately. The exposure of the skin to the liquid can result to an irritation and a burning sensation again if left untreated.
Serious considerations are being eyed since there are liquids that have very strong nicotine content. Some liquids have as much as 21 mg of nicotine. A liquid with strength of 13 mg can already cause problems to the health and may cause death if left untreated or given emergency medical attention.
The cartridges are designed to contain the liquid which also has other ingredients including the flavoring, water and propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a chemical that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and also found in most processed food and drinks.
Parents are advised to change the flavors of the liquid to something that is not familiar to the children. Also, teach the children not to mess with the vaping liquid for their own good. Putting the vaping liquid in a safe and secure place would also bring about better chances that the children in your home are insulated from potential accidents.