Hazardous E-Cigarette Liquid

Amid growing concerns about the rise of electronic cigarette popularity in the United States, Matt Richtel wrote a New York Times piece on its liquid component. The main component of an electronic cigarette is the liquid vaporized to deliver nicotine to the consumer. The ingredients of the electronic cigarette liquid (e-liquid) include neurotoxins that toxicologists warn creates a public health issue. If the liquids are ingested or absorbed (through skin-to-skin contact), health specialists say they have the potential to cause vomiting and seizures, and in one extreme case: death.

During 2013, e-liquid poisonings greatly increased from 2012, and the number is expected to rise again this year. The immediate poisoning risk arises from the ability of the poison to be absorbed faster as a liquid, even if the substance’s concentration is diluted. Unfortunately, the users of e-cigarettes are not the only victims of accidental poisoning . Across the United States, many children under the age of four have been rushed to hospitals after coming into contact with e-cigarette liquids.

The Food and Drug Administration says it plans to regulate e-cigarettes and its liquid, but did not reveal how it will approach the issue. In the meantime, cities and counties across the United States have begun to establish their own regulations, like the ordinance passed in Alachua County by the Board of Commissioners. The ordinance passed in December included banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, the use of self-service merchandising for electronic cigarette products, and it prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in nonsmoking areas.

To read more about e-cigarette liquids visit The New York Times.

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