According to a recent study, e-cigarette poisoning for kids under the age of six has increased by close to 1,500 percent from 2013 to 2015. Information provided by the National Poison Data System was reviewed for the study.
The root cause of the poisoning? Apparently over 90 percent of the kids exposed to e-cigarettes, consumed the liquid, laced with nicotine. Also referred to as ‘e-juice’, close to 50 percent of the kids who came in contact with this liquid, were under the age of two.
In addition, the research indicated that the number of kids who exposed to these e-cigs has increased over the years too, with 14 incidents in early 2012, to over 220 in the spring of 2015.
According to the Gary Smith, the senior author of the study, a poison center will receive a call about a young child either gaining access to an e-cig or its liquid nicotine, about every three hours. That equals approximately seven kids per day. Smith goes on to note that this increase reflects the enhanced popularity of e-cigs, which has doubled between 2010 to 2013; with total sales estimating over $10 million by the time 2017 hits.
CNN reports that the study also compared e-cig exposure to traditional tobacco cigarettes and similar tobacco products, as it relates to children. Smith further notes that this is the first multiyear study of its kind, using a national data base, as it relates to exposures and younger kids.
He goes on to state that within the 40 months of the study period, over 17,500 kids were exposed to traditional cigarettes, while over 4,000 kids were exposed to liquid nicotine or e-cigs. However, while the numbers for e-cig exposure were smaller, the outcomes were far more severe. Kids who were exposed to e-cigarettes were over five times likelier to need a hospital visit after contact, and they were also over two times likelier to gain a serious reaction, compared to regular tobacco cigarettes.
When nicotine enters the body, it can quickly cause damage to one’s heart and circulation system, and affect the nervous and gastrointestinal systems as well. Smith also notes that the study revealed that kids were able to gain access to e-cigs as the products were not stored properly, or left out in areas they could reach to.