CDC Warns Parents With Young Children About New E-Cigarette Danger
Updated: Tuesday, April 22 2014, 12:15 AM CDT
E-cigarettes are again causing concern at the CDC. They are ment to help smokers find an alternative, but e-cigarettes are now causing dangers for young children.
E-cigarette users considered them a safe alternative to normal cigarettes, but the CDC says the liquid inside is becoming a danger for young children who are drawn to the different flavors.
First there was worry about the vapor, now the CDC is warning about the liquid used with an e-cigarette.
According to a new report the number of calls to poison control centers has risen from one per month in 2010, to 215 per month in February of this year.
More than half of those calls involve children under the age of 5.
"Children learn about their environment by picking things up, putting them in their mouth, mimicking their parents, mimicking adults, so kids getting into these. That is what we expect. That is what kids do," said Dr. Carol DeSlauriers with the Illinois Poison Center.
So far this year the Illinois Poison Center has received 15 e-cigarette calls. If that pace keeps up, they will exceed calls by 300% compared to last year.
"We recommend that you keep all of these products locked out of sight and our of reach of children and if you're an adult make sure to follow the directions," said Dr. DeSlauriers.
Officials say the flavors of liquid become attractive for children. Stores, like Tribble Vapors, realize the dangers. Signs inside the store warn parents, liquids are equipped with a warning label and they even come with a child safe cap.
"We have done that since the beginning. I have children of my own. For me it's common sense," said Niki Castleman, owner of Tribble Wapors LLC.
Castleman has been selling e-cigarettes for about a year. While her products and store are child safe, it's up to parents to follow the rules once they get home.
"You're not going to leave a shot of whiskey sitting on the coffee table while you go off and do something else while your toddler is running around," said Castleman.
Doctors say poisoning related to e-cigarettes can occur through ingestion, inhalation and absorption through the skin.
Signs your child may have been exposed include vomiting, nausea and eye irritation.
If this happens, you are asked to call 911 or the Poison Control Center.
We checked in with area hospitals and ambulance services in Springfield, officials say they have not had a case of children with nicotine poisoning.