CPR Training Sonoma County

Health Risks of E-Devices

Regarding Electronic Cigarettes, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
(ENDS) and Other Vapor Products:


Children’s caregivers:


    • Should not allow children to play with electronic cigarettes or similar devices. They contain batteries and liquid chemicals which, if swallowed, could cause serious health complications. Nicotine is a known poison. Bottles of e-juice, used in e-cigarettes, are a poison risk for small children and pets.
    • Should store e-cigarettes and their highly toxic refills out of reach of children.
    • Should be aware that electronic cigarettes and similar electronic nicotine delivery devices are available in a variety of flavors, such as bubble gum, strawberry, chocolate, mint, candy, cereal, and fruit flavors which may be attractive to children.
    • Further, recent studies have indicated that the nicotine from e-
      cigarettes can have significant repercussions for children’s health. Information from the recently released 50th Anniversary Surgeon General report shows that nicotine in high enough doses is acutely toxic, and that exhaled e-cigarette vapor contains formaldehyde and acetaldehyde as well as traces of other carcinogens. There is also suggestive evidence that nicotine exposure during adolescence, when cognitive development is at a critical stage, may have lasting adverse consequences for brain development.


AAP Statement on E-Cigarette Poisoning Data

By: James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, president, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Concerns


Because e-cigarettes are offered in many child-friendly flavors, there is a concern surrounding toxicity- the nicotine cartridges and refills pose a poison risk to children. And, more and more children being exposed to these dangerous products each month.

“New data released today from the federal government confirms pediatricians’ concerns about e-cigarettes and their liquid nicotine refills: they are poisoning children at an alarming rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new findings, calls to poison control centers related to e-cigarette exposure increased from one per month four years ago to 215 per month as of February 2014.

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