Liquid nicotine poisoning rises with e-cigarette use

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - As electronic cigarettes continue to become more popular, health experts say cases of children swallowing liquid nicotine is also on the rise.

The Children Services Council of Palm Beach County says poison centers have seen an increase in calls about children exposed to the liquid inside e-cigarettes.

The Centers for Disease Control says parents should keep electronic cigarettes and e-liquid containers away from children. Many of the cases involve children under the age of five.

The CDC says children who consume e-liquids are at risk of getting a seizure or dying.

The CDC also says older kids seem to be consuming the liquid to try and get a high.

CDC director Tom Frieden says e-liquid containers are not required to be child-proof and many come in flavors that smell like candy.

Some tips for handling e-cigarettes in households with children include:

1. Always keep e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine out of the reach of children.

2. Follow the disposal instructions on the label.

3. Protect your skin when handling liquid nicotine.

4. If you think a child has been exposed to an e-cigarette or liquid nicotine, immediately call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

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