INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - New research shows the number of calls to poison centers across the country for nicotine poisoning related to electronic cigarettes has increased dramatically over the last six years.
“It basically went from zero in 2010 to now being about 40 to 45 percent of the calls," Indiana Poison Center at IU Health Director Dr. Jim Mowry said when referring to the number of calls dealing with nicotine poisoning.
Mowry said nationally poison centers get around 500 calls a month for children that have eaten a cigarette and have some sort of nicotine poisoning.
"So what we’ve added is another layer of 300 to 400 calls a month for e cigarette calls," he said.
Mowry said most of the calls stem from children ingesting the e-liquid that vapers use to refill their electronic cigarette.
“Either you spill some of (the liquid) on the outside of the e-cigarette or the children get a hold of the bottle itself," Mowry said.
Digesting e-liquid can be much more dangerous to children because the juice can contain high extremely high levels of nicotine.
The FDA recently announced new regulations on the industry that doctors, including Mowry, said will help prevent nicotine poisoning in children. Later this year, all e-liquid manufacturers will be required to use child-resistant caps.