Our firm is investigating potential class action lawsuits involving harmful exposure to liquid nicotine, the substance used in electronic cigarettes. Liquid nicotine has become a more common item in households due to the rising popularity of e-cigarettes; however, when children come into contact with the substance, ingestion and other exposure may lead to serious injuries and even death. In December 2014, the first reported death of a child was associated with liquid nicotine exposure. To make matters worse, reports suggest that these types of incidents are becoming more common.
If your child was exposed to liquid nicotine by ingesting, inhaling. or absorbing the product through their skin, contact Parker Waichman LLP today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.
Child Dies after Ingesting Liquid Nicotine
The popularity of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed in recent years and, with it, an increase in liquid nicotine sales. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), “One teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, and smaller amounts can cause severe illness, often requiring trips to the emergency department.” The issue is also concerning because it has been relatively easy for children to access the substance. “Despite the dangers these products pose to children, there are currently no standards set in place that require child-proof packaging,” the AAPCC indicates.
According to ABC News, what appears to be the first report of a child dying from liquid nicotine exposure occurred in December, 2014. The 1-year-old ingested the substance in a household located in Fort Plain, New York. Fort Plain police released a statement describing the death as a “tragic accident.”
Health officials are concerned that these tragedies will occur more frequently if action is not taken to protect children from liquid nicotine exposure, which occurs when the substance is inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. Officials also say that flavored versions, such as cotton candy or gummy bear can be appealing to young children.
According to the AAPCC, there has been a sharp increase in liquid nicotine exposures in recent years. As of November 30, 2014 there were 3,638 exposures; this is more than double the 1,543 reported in 2013 and substantially higher than the 271 reported in 2011.
Dr. Donna Seger, director of the poison control center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told ABC News that the Center began receiving more calls about e-cigarette and liquid nicotine exposures. “They’re not that difficult to get into,” said Seger of the nicotine-containing vials. “The issue is, once the exposure occurs, it could be bad.” Similarly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in April that poison control centers were seeing more calls concerning liquid nicotine exposure in children. The exposure most often caused vomiting, nausea, and eye irritation.
“Use of these products is skyrocketing and these poisonings will continue,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, according to ABC News. “E-cigarette liquids as currently sold are a threat to small children because they are not required to be childproofed, and they come in candy and fruit flavors that are appealing to children.”
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