E-cig­a­rettes sicken kids

Study re­veals alarm­ing rate of poi­son­ing

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Elec­tronic cig­a­rettes have sick­ened young chil­dren and the num­bers are ris­ing, a study of US poi­son cen­tre calls has found. Most cases in­volve swal­low­ing liq­uid nico­tine.

While most kids weren’t se­ri­ously harmed, one child died and sev­eral had se­vere com­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing co­mas and seizures.

“This is an epi­demic by any def­i­ni­tion,” said lead au­thor Dr Gary Smith, di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for In­jury Re­search and Pol­icy at Na­tion­wide Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Colum­bus, Ohio.

The re­searchers say the re­sults high­light a need for bet­ter par­ent aware­ness about the im­por­tance of keep­ing the de­vices out of sight and reach of young kids. They also rec­om­mend stricter reg­u­la­tion and ap­plauded long-awaited re­stric­tions the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sued last Thurs­day.

The study ex­am­ined poi­son cen­tre calls about ex­po­sure to nico­tine and tobacco prod­ucts among chil­dren un­der age six from

Jan­uary 2012 through April 2015. The most wor­ri­some find­ings in­volved e-cig­a­rettes - bat­tery-pow­ered de­vices that turn nico­tine into an in­hal­able vapour.

Some fea­ture colour­ful pack­ag­ing and flavoured nico­tine that can at­tract young chil­dren.

The re­sults were pub­lished yes­ter­day in the jour­nal Pe­di­atrics.

Monthly calls about young chil­dren swal­low­ing, in­hal­ing or touch­ing e-cig­a­rettes climbed from 14 early on to 223 by the study’s end.

Calls to­talled 4,128 dur­ing the study. Most chil­dren were age two or younger. The cases rep­re­sent 14 per cent of the nearly 30,000 calls about kids’ ex­po­sure to nico­tine and tobacco prod­ucts dur­ing that time.

Liq­uid nico­tine in e-cig­a­rettes can harm young chil­dren if swal­lowed or ab­sorbed into the skin. Vom­it­ing, a quick­ened heart­beat and jit­tery be­hav­iour are among the symp­toms.

223 e-cig­a­rettes were the sub­ject of 223 calls a month to poi­son cen­tres by the end of the study

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