E-Cigarette Poisoning

E-Cigarette Poisoning
As e-cigarettes have become more popular, reports of nicotine poisoning related to vaping liquids have increased. Nicotine poisoning is potentially fatal, especially for young children.

E-Cigarette Lawsuit Reviews

Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm that represents individuals harmed by dangerous consumer products, is investigating legal claims involving e-cigarette poisoning. If you or a loved one suffered a toxic reaction to vaping liquids, please contact our office at (888) 994-5118.

E-Cigarette Poisoning Blamed for 1-Year-Old’s Death

The December 2014 death of a Fort Plains, NY toddler has been linked to liquid nicotine. The child’s death is believed to be first the in the U.S. involving  accidental e-cigarette poisoning. According to media reports, the little boy was found unconscious at home and was rushed to the hospital after ingesting liquid nicotine.  Read More

CDC Study Sees Spike in E-Cigarette Calls to Poison Centers

In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that calls to poison centers involving nicotine-containing e-cigarette liquids rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. Half of the calls involved children younger than five, and about 42 percent of the poison calls involved people age 20 and older.

The CDC noted that nicotine poisoning related to e-cigarette liquid can occur in one of several ways:

  • Ingestion
  • Inhalation
  • Absorption through the skin or eyes

“Use of these products is skyrocketing and these poisonings will continue.  E-cigarette liquids as currently sold are a threat to small children because they are not required to be childproof, and they come in candy and fruit flavors that are appealing to children,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

Signs and Symptoms of E-Cigarette Poisoning

Nicotine poisoning usually occurs in young children who accidentally chew on nicotine gum or patches, or ingest e-cigarette liquids. Symptoms of acute nicotine poisoning include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Agitation, restlessness, or excitement
  • Burning sensation in mouth
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Muscle twitching
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Seizure
  • Stopped breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

E-cigarette poisoning requires immediate medical attention. Prognosis depends on how quickly the victim receives medical help. If you suspect nicotine poisoning, call 1-800-222-1222 to contact an expert with your local poison control center.

Legal Help for Victims of E-Cigarette Nicotine Poisoning

If you or someone you love was the victim of e-cigarette poisoning, legal help is available. To obtain a free, no-obligation legal review, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling (888) 994-5118.

  1. ABCNews (2015) “First Child’s Death From Liquid Nicotine Reported as ‘Vaping’ Gains Popularity” http://abcnews.go.com/Health/childs-death-liquid-nicotine-reported-vaping-gains-popularity/story?id=27563788
  2. CDC (2014) “Notes from the Field: Calls to Poison Centers for Exposures to Electronic Cigarettes — United States, September 2010–February 2014”http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6313a4.htm?s_cid=mm6313a4_w
  3. Medline Plus (2015) “Nicotine Poisoning https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002510.htm
Last Modified: April 13, 2016

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