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E-cig liquids poisonous in the hands of children

Poison Control Centers say just one teaspoon of e-cigarette liquid, if improperly consumed, can be fatal. Poison Control Centers say just one teaspoon of e-cigarette liquid, if improperly consumed, can be fatal.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - People across the country are turning to e-cigarettes and vaporizers as a way to cut back on smoking actual cigarettes. However, if that e-cig liquid slips into the wrong hands, it can have devastating effects.

More and more e-cig users are walking out of vapor shops and lounges with fewer packs of cigarettes in their pockets. It's easy to find people who say "vaping" has changed their lives.

"I do sleep a lot better. I obviously don't have the smell of smoke. I breathe a whole lot easier. I don't have a cough when I wake up in the mornings," explains e-cig user Jeremy Williams.

But, e-cigarette liquid, if ingested improperly, can have very harmful effects.

"Being a parent myself, I've got a 22-month-old and an 11-month-old. Everything that I've got is [stored] above head level," explains Justin Campbell, the general Manager at Uptown Vapor Lounge in Tyler.

Campbell says it all comes down to being a responsible e-cig user. In addition to labels reminding Uptown Vapor Lounge customers to keep the product away from children and pets, they also have safety caps, like the ones you'd find on medicine bottles.

"You actually have to press down and turn to get the top off," explains Campbell.

Not everyone is taking e-cig safety seriously. The American Association of Poison Control says the number of e-cigarette related poisonings reached an all-time high in 2013 when a total 1,414 people were improperly exposed. Already this year, 651 exposures have been reported.  More than half of these cases involved children under age six.

"It's very important that you keep them out of reach. Keep the lids on tight," advises Campbell.

Poison Control Centers say just one teaspoon of e-cigarette liquid, if improperly consumed, can be fatal.

Nationwide, one adult death has been reported from injecting e-cigarette liquid into the body. Currently there are no U.S. child deaths on record, related to e-cigarettes or e-cig liquids. However, hundreds of children have become seriously ill. Nausea and vomiting are the most significant symptoms when children are exposed to these nicotine liquids.

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