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E-Cigarettes Refill Bottles Harmful to Children and Adults

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These products come in different flavors and colors making them look like candy to children. These products come in different flavors and colors making them look like candy to children.
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Electronic cigarettes have been growing in popularity. They come with a liquid refill bottle that can be harmful to children and even adults. These bottles contain high volumes of nicotine and depending on the manufacturer, the amounts may vary.

“It’s the nicotine that is much more highly concentrated than a regular cigarette. Even a mouthful can be a medical emergency for a child depending on the concentration in the bottle,” said Dr. Jill Michels, Director of the Palmetto Poison Center.

Just within South Carolina, the Palmetto Poison Center's data shows a 250 percent increase in the number of children and adults that have been exposed to these products from 2012 to 2013.

These products come in a variety of colors and flavors making them appealing to children. Some flavors include bubble gum and watermelon.

“Adults can also be harmed by the liquid. Usually, it is because they mishandle the product and it gets on their skin,” said Michels.

The Palmetto Poison Center suggests:

· Keeping these products high up or locked away from children.

· If a child is exposed use some juice or water to dilute the nicotine.

· Call the Palmetto Poison Center right away if you think someone has been exposed at 1-800-222-1222.

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