CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- There's a new concern about electronic cigarettes. Experts say the liquid nicotine used in many of the devices can be dangerous, especially for children.
Liquid nicotine is a highly concentrated poison. While Renown Health said it has not seen any of these cases in their emergency room, the Poison Control Center used by Renown said they are seeing a surge in calls, due to liquid nicotine exposures.
"Treat it like you would anything over the counter medication," said Peter Owings. "Treat it the same way."
Owings is the owner of Thirty Six Vapor in Carson City. He said the toxicity posed by liquid nicotine is nothing new. "When we're mixing juice, you know, just on the private level, we really have to take caution wear gloves and eye protection to handle the higher milligram strength nicotine."
You don't have to swallow the product to get sick. It can happen even with exposure on the skin or eyes, and Owings wants his customers, their children and their pets to be safe. He said the companies he buys his liquid products from all have child-proof caps. not all companies do.
"Any company that I'm going to deal with is going to have child-proof caps on them," said Owings.
But Owings takes it beyond child-proof caps. He has a little one at home, and he uses his own products. Owings has this advice to other e-cigarette users. "Even the stuff without the nicotine, I still handle it the same way, with or without nicotine. I treat juice, a bottle of juice the same exact way."
He practices what he preaches. "Me personally, I just bout a little tacklebox that fits my juice perfectly and it has a nice hard lock on it. Even when I'm dealing with it and my daughter's around or my animals or anything, I'll put it up in a place where they can't get to it."
Owings is more than happy to make sure his customers know about this potential danger to kids and pets. He reminds E-cigarette users to be responsible.