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Public health concern: E-cigarette poisonings increase from child usage

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E-cigarettes are the new cigarette and have made a hit on the market. The claim is that they are better for a smoker than the traditionally rolled cigarette. Many are made up of chemicals for taste where water or vapors are expelled when exhaled. Others contain liquid nicotine in concentrated levels and sold in cartridges that can be refilled while held in battery-operated units that can be recharged in a household outlet.

The health news that is hitting the airways concerns children; and their use of e-cigarettes as well as having them available to those under or between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one years of age depending upon which city or state they reside in. According to a health report on Jan. 5, from USA Today news stating that e-cigarettes are being manufactured with flavors such as bubblegum and cola. These added flavors are enticing usage of these vapor and liquid nicotine cigarettes in children and teens and can causing a growing number of incidents of nicotine poisoning.

This is definitely a health concern the public should be listening to. So far there aren’t any specific regulations refraining retailers from selling these products to underage individuals. It seems it is up to the retailers themselves whether or not they choose to sell them to anyone under the age of twenty-one. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently considering placing regulations on e-cigarettes sold to youths but is reluctant at present to do so until therapeutic claims are reported. By this time it may be too late for some young individuals.

“Ashley Webb, director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children's Hospital, said the center received more than 40 calls involving e-cigarette poisonings in 2013, up from nine in 2012 and one in 2010. Nationally, there were 427 such exposures in 2012, according to the latest annual report from the National Poison Data System. Meanwhile, the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey shows that recent e-cigarette use nearly doubled in one year among U.S. high school students, rising from 1.5% in 2011 to 2.8% smoking them in 2012”.

Parents who smoke e-cigarette should be aware that the secondhand smoke from them is also a danger to their children. Very small children are prone to put anything in their mouths that is within their reach. Sucking on a cartridge and getting the liquid nicotine on their skin can cause medical problems that are serious to your little ones. Many children have been hospitalized due to nicotine poisoning.

Keep your e-cigarettes out of reach of children and take a stand that these products will have the same selling regulations as regular cigarettes so they won’t fall into the hands of your underage child.

Spread the word to prevent e-cigarettes being sold to minors!

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