Sen. Charles Schumer’scall for child-proof caps on refillable containers of e-cigarettes is a necessary step toward preventing accidental poisonings, says a New York tobacco control expert. Many of those poisoned are children.
“Currently, these containers just have a twist off cap,” said Patrica Folan, RN, director of the Center for Tobacco Controlfor the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “I don’t even know if the parents actually appreciate just how dangerous that liquid nicotine can be.”
The liquid nicotine used to fill e-cigarette containers comes in many different flavors that are attractive to children, explained Ms. Folan.
“They smell good and initially, they taste good,” she said. “So, it’s very likely that children who can open it up will ingest it.”
Overdosing on liquid nicotine can lead to nausea, vomiting, seizures and even death.
Last year, there were 46 accidental poisonings related to liquid nicotine reported at New York poison control centers. So far this year, there have been 70.
E-cigarettes are on the Food and Drug Administration’sradar. The agency is considering banning the sale of the devices to minors and requiring the listing of product ingredients.
But more needs to be done by the FDA, Schumer says.