Liquid nicotine, in just the amount of teaspoon, can kill a small child. The liquid nicotine, which now comes in flavors of bubble gum and chocolate, is used in the newer refillable e-cigarettes, according to Fox News on March 24.
The director of California's Poison Control System reports:
"It's not a matter of if a child will be seriously poisoned or killed. It's a matter of when."
The smell of candy and enticing fruits and chocolate photos on the bottles of the liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes, is an accident waiting to happen around small children. The liquid nicotine is not regulated by the FDA, so there’s not even a child-proof cap on the substance.
From 2012 to 2013, accidental liquid nicotine poisoning rose 300%. In 2013, 1,351 cases of poisoning from this liquid was reported, and 2014 figures are expected to double those of last year.
Some kids are using the liquid nicotine to get high by adding it to energy drinks. According to California’s Poison Control System, just one tablespoon could kill an adult.
As these e-cigarettes get more and more popular, the CEO of a major e-cigarette maker predicts that 2-million liters will be sold of the liquid nicotine in the nation this year. It is a “powerful neurotoxin, far more dangerous than tobacco,” reports the New York Times.
The liquid is sold in many stores that carry cigarettes, but the stronger liquid is sold online. The liquid nicotine doesn't have to be ingested to poison a child. It can be absorbed through the skin. The same thing goes for adults.