News | Published February 24, 2014

The dangers of e-cigarettes and kids

People typically consider smoking tobacco a dangerous habit; however, another issue with smoking that you may not have thought about is the potential danger of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes, battery-operated products that contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals, are marketed as a safer way to get a nicotine fix than smoking tobacco products. Although e-cigarettes can be beneficial to adults who are trying to stop smoking tobacco products, the product can be very dangerous to children.

Children can be enticed by flavors like bubblegum and cola and can consume the liquid nicotine by drinking it or licking the containers. Since children are curious, they can also be intrigued to take the product a part if it’s in their reach. Nicotine can be absorbed even if it just gets on your child’s skin. If ingested, the liquid nicotine of e-cigarettes can give children a harmful or even deadly dose of nicotine.

Teens, on the other hand, are using the products – either taking e-cigarettes from their parents or purchasing them on their own. Currently, the government does not regulate how old you must be to purchase e-cigarettes, despite the growing concerns with the product.

The liquid nicotine found in the product is being blamed for growing amounts of poisonings in the United States, with 427 e-cigarette poisonings in 2013. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning may include vomiting, rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, drooling, fainting and convulsions. If your child exhibits any combination of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Even small amounts of liquid nicotine on your child’s skin can cause irritation and a burning sensation.

The best advice is to quit smoking and try to work away from the nicotine addiction. It will be better for both you and your children to not have any nicotine products in your house. Talk to your doctor if you need advice on how to quit smoking or on how to talk to your child about the dangers of e-cigarettes.