With the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes comes an increasing danger for children. Calls to poison control centers related to the e-cig liquid more than tripled between 2012 and 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. William Nichols, a pediatrician with Conway Medical Center says he's concerned about the increased consumption over the past few years.
"It's alarming because the use of e-cigarettes have gone up so much in the last three years that the poisoning rate could continue to go up," Dr. Nichols explained.
Dr. Nichols said he's concerned with just how accessible the product is with more people buying it online and the product's increased popularity with teenagers. He said he's also worried about the dangers of a nicotine overdose as a result of the use of e-cigarettes.
"You get an elevated heart rate, your blood pressure goes up, you get tremors, it can even progress to seizures. If you don't treat it, it can go on to where your heart rate can actually drop, your blood pressure drops and you can go into a coma."
The nicotine liquids are often brightly colored and come in a wide variety of flavors, making them attractive to children. "Children will absorb the fluid much easier and they have a smaller mass so it's a higher toxicity," Dr. Nichols added.
This might explain why Jennifer Boyd, an e-cigarette user and a mother, does everything she can to use the product safely.
"I use this around my 3 year old, but I keep all my products up and away from him where he can't get it," Boyd explained.
As with any product that has the potential to be a poison, Dr. Nichols explained that if you or your child becomes overexposed to nicotine, call 911 immediately.
You can also call the Palmetto Poison Center anonymously at 1-800-222-1222.