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.
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.
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
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:
“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.
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:
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.
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.
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