E-cigarette liquid linked to poisoning

Mar 24, 2014 7:46 PM

A dangerous new form of a popular stimulant is widely available nationwide.

These bright, colorful bottles labeled with sweet fruity flavors -- are also poisonous.

A study out of University of California, San Francisco says E-liquids -- used for flavoring in E-cigarettes -- are powerful neurotoxins.

The National Poison Data System reports more than 1300 cases were linked to E-liquids last year -- a 300 percent jump from 2012.

Redding E-cigarette business 'Nor Cal Vape' says it hasn't come across any dangerous situations since they opened last June.

"We have over 600 customers in our database, and I haven't heard a problem."

The main ingredient in E-liquids is nicotine, in its potent, liquid form.

That means it's easily absorbed into the skin, even in diluted concentrations.

"We carry up to 24; there's 36 milligrams on the Internet, and we feel that's not safe for our customers."

Like E-cigarettes, E-liquids are not federally regulated, and according to toxicologists, contact with higher concentrations can be lethal.

"I get it on my hands all the time and I haven't noticed feeling sick."

But something else happened to one Kentucky woman -- she was taken to a hospital with cardiac problems after her E-cigarette broke in her bed, spilling the E-liquid onto her skin.

"For a child, drinking a bottle won't kill them."

The California Poison Control System says that may be the case with the absolute lowest form of nicotine, but with higher concentrations like 24 and 36 milligrams, all it takes is one tablespoon to kill an adult.

For Jeff, using the E-liquid as a way to quit smoking is the only proper way.

"You should be weaning yourself off the nicotine to have the most healthy vaping experience."

So far, there's been one death in the United States from E-liquids.


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