On Tuesday, a one year old boy was found unresponsive after ingestion of liquid nicotine. The police attended the call and paramedics tried all.
The substance is lethal and a tea spoon may harm or even kill a child. This extremely sad event is a reminder of the lethal substances the product contains.
It is sold in attractive wrappings that kids mostly likely are pulled toward and ironically in a packaging that is extremely unsafe for them. The product is nothing more but a poison. This supplement to e-cigarettes is also illegally sold to adolescents.
American Association of Pediatrics believe it is the marketing of the product that appeals to children as it is sold in bright and colorful packets with candy and fruit flavors. The packaging is also not legally required to meet with the child proof standards parents and pediatricians need to keep drug safe from children and vice versa.
According to the director of National Communication for the Campaign of Tobacco Free Kids the New York State Senate banned the sale of liquid nicotine but the ban did not apply to the in-state manufacturers. It is also found that the labelling of the content is incorrect when compared to the actually amount present in one bottle. It may have mentioned 20 mg and may contain 30mg.
American Association of Poison Control Centers has received 3,638 e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine exposure related reports through Nov, 2014. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention published a report which mentions the cases of exposure to have skyrocketed from 1 case in September 2010 to 215 in February 2014.
The bill which was passed in the legislature of the State of New York in June about liquid nicotine being sold in a child proof packaging has not yet met Gov. Andrew Cuomo. At the federal level, The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014 was introduced in July which required the packaging on liquid nicotine to be child safe. The American Association of Pediatrics has urged legislators to take immediate action on it.
The FDA has not started regulating the substance yet. It is high time it should.