The Washington Poison Center continues to monitor the concerning trend in E-cigarette exposures, especially in children 1 – 3 years of age. While the majority of cases have resulted in minimal toxicity (i.e. mild stomach upset), the potential still exists for children to be exposed to larger doses due to lack of industry standard safety measures such as child-resistant packaging. “Kids are more likely to inadvertently get into these products due to the colorful packaging and sweet, fruity or candy-like smell of many liquid e-cigarette products,” say Dr. Garrard, Clinical Managing Director of the Washington Poison Center.
*Disclaimer: Reporting of exposures to the poison center is voluntary and not mandated by law. As such, WAPC data describes the number of calls called into the poison center and most likely is an underrepresentation of the true occurence of any one substance. All calls to the Washington Poison Center are free and confidential.
For further information, contact Dr. Garrard at AGarrard@wapc.org or 206-517-2356.