As health officials across the country grapple to find the cause behind some 805 cases of e-cigarette-linked lung illnesses, doctors in Kansas, which has seen at least two vaping-related deaths, are seemingly dealing with something new: Kids eating vaping cartridges.
Ingesting nicotine can lead to nicotine poisoning, symptoms of which include excess saliva, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tremors, anxiety, confusion, and an increased heart rate, among other signs. In extreme instances, symptoms can include seizures, coma and respiratory failure.
E-cigarettes and liquid nicotine, according to Medical News Today, “are responsible for the majority of cases of nicotine poisoning.”
Poison control centers across the country have seen a rise in calls about potential nicotine poisoning cases as vaping has become more popular. In 2015 there were more than 2,400 calls, compared to roughly 1,500 in 2013, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Source: Channel 13