Contaminants found in vaping products have been linked to close to 1,500 cases of deadly lung illnesses, and 33 fatalities (as of October 15, 2019). The medical experts at the New Jersey Poison Control Center, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the New Jersey Department of Health advise that anyone using vaping products stop doing so immediately. For those that chose to not stop the use of these products ensure that you are buying your vaping products from familiar reputable sources and DO NOT add substances not intended by the manufacturer.
For Health Care Providers: The New Jersey Poison Control Center is the data collection point of contact for the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health. All cases of vaping related illnesses should be immediately reported to the New Jersey Poison Control Center by calling 1-800-222-1222.
E-cigarettes, vape pens, personal vaporizers, JUULS: these terms describe Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), the use of which are on the rise. They contain a concentrated nicotine solution (“e-liquid”) which comes in a variety of flavors. Initially developed to help smokers quit cigarettes, their popularity among consumers who have never smoked is significant, especially in nicotine-naive adolescents. 11% of teenagers reported regular use of these products in a recent survey. The Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the United States Surgeon General have all concluded that nicotine is dangerous for children at any age. The long-term effects of these products, which contain chemicals and carcinogens such as nitrosamines, are still unclear. Teens who use these products are more likely to begin using other tobacco products. Exposure to nicotine at this early age can also set the stage for addiction.
Worse still, concentrated nicotine liquid in the hands of a toddler can be fatal. Signs of nicotine poisoning include vomiting, agitation, sweating, and seizures. Like all drugs, we urge consumers to lock up the nicotine liquids and do not allow young children to access and potentially swallow it. If you have these products in your home, please be safe and make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands.
Poison Control Centers handle thousands of calls for nicotine exposure each year. If you or someone you know is experiencing nicotine poisoning or has been exposed, we can help. Call us right away at 1-800-222-1222.
Information from the Experts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2011–2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2017;66(23):597-603.
US Department of Health and Human Services (2016). E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA. US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health