E-cigarette users reminded to be cautious, responsible

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Updated: 4/04 6:29 pm
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.
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imacaller - 4/5/2014 10:22 AM
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There are plenty of E-cigs that do not use liquid nicotine. End of problem

pupmastermp3 - 4/5/2014 8:29 AM
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"Liquid nicotine is a highly concentrated poison." This is a true statement however, Eliquid does not contain concentrated nicotine. con·cen·trat·ed - (of a substance or solution) present in a high proportion relative to other substances; having had water or other diluting agent removed or reduced. The exact opposite is the case in Eliquid as the nicotine has been diluted with propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, water, and flavoring. Nicotine in Eliquid is measured in mg/ml so a 24 mg bottle of Eliquid contains only 2.4% nicotine. That hardly fits the "highly concentrated" label used in the story.

Robert Copia - 4/4/2014 7:16 PM
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On March 23, 2014, the New York Times published an article by Matt Richtel, “Selling A Poison, Liquid Nicotine For E-Cigs”. The article is based on the FACT that pure liquid nicotine is extremely dangerous to have around. Ingesting it can kill a person and exposure to the skin is also very dangerous. E-liquid should be prepared by a chemist or someone with training to deal with hazardous materials. In regards to the finished product the cartridges or the bottles of e-liquid, pure liquid nicotine accounts for zero to 3.6% of the solution. If you get it on your hands wash them, if some leaks into your mouth rinse thoroughly with water. E-cig liquid and cartridges should be kept out of reach of children along with other hazardous items around the house such as prescription drugs, cosmetics, cleaners, plants toothpaste etc. Fluoride toothpaste contains sodium fluoride which is a hazardous waste product from making fertilizer. It is used in rat poison and pesticides. Children have died from eating toothpaste and fluoride treatments. Nicotine gum and lozenges are also hazardous if ingested by children. Mr. Richtel reports that there were 1351 calls to poison control and 365 emergency room visits in 2013, involving e-liquid. The Centers for Disease Control reports : 1. 832,000 people were seen in the ER room due to unintentional poisonings in 2013. 2. 91% of the 39,000 poisoning deaths in 2013 were the result of drug overdose. 3. 60,000 children each year are in the ER room each year because of drug poisoning. National Institute of Health- Tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, leading cause of liver failure, 78,000 E room visits, 38,000 hospitlizations, 150 deaths per year in the U.S. The New York Times had the paper and the ink necessary to provide information on other poisoning dangers around the home. They chose not to which makes me believe that the liquid nicotine article is part of the campaign to put ecigs out of business and protect the Pharmaceutical I
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