Poisonings from liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes surge across country

The New York Times reports on its front page that a “dangerous” and unregulated form of nicotine, found in e-cigarettes, “is hitting markets nationwide” and causing an uptick in poisonings from the substance. The Times says “evidence of the potential dangers is already emerging … notably among children.” However, there is even one known death, from an adult who injected the liquid form of nicotine.

Indeed, related cases “jumped to 1,351 in 2013, a 300 percent increase from 2012, and the number is on pace to double this year, according to information from the National Poison Data System.”

The AP offers a similar story, based on the number of young children sent to hospitals in Utah after using e-cigarettes. Since January 2012, the state has logged 79 cases of poisoning. The numbers rise year by year, with 10 cases in 2012, 48 reported in 2013, and 21 so far this year, which means “Utah already has seen about half as many as all of last year’s calls and it’s not even three months into the year.”

Also, the AP reports that last year, reports of poisoned children and teenagers “rose sharply” in Minnesota as people under 20 ingested e-cigarette fluid.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports adds that the Minnesota Department of Health does acknowledge, however, that no children were known to have been seriously injured or hospitalized.

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