Should you suspect your child or anyone else has possibly ingested this e-cigarette liquid, or any other poisonous material, please contact the Palmetto Poison Center immediately at 800-222-1222.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Palmetto Poison Center issued an alert regarding potential dangers of liquid nicotine e-cigarette refills.

Electronic cigarettes, currently unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration, are refilled with bottles of nicotine liquid, and the concentration of nicotine included depends upon the manufacturer.

The Palmetto Poison Center reports that, just within South Carolina from 2012 to 2013, they have seen an increase of 250% in the reports of children and adults that have been exposed to this nicotine liquid.

Nationally, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that as of March 24th of this year, 651 e-cigarette or liquid nicotine-related exposures were reported.

Some liquid refills may contain high amounts of nicotine, that if ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause illness. Nicotine can cause nausea and vomiting, and even seizures if large amounts are consumed.

Liquid refills are often brightly colored, and have attractive scents added like candy flavors, bubble gum, and chocolate; and for those reasons they can be very appealing to children.

Adults are often accidentally exposed by mishandling the refill liquid, and illness is caused when it is absorbed through the skin.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers Recommends The Following Steps:

  • Protect your skin when handling the products.
  • Always keep e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine locked up and out of the reach of children.
  • Follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.

Managing Director of the Palmetto Poison Center, Dr. Jill Michels, said: "Parents should be aware of this danger in their home. The refill bottles, of any size, are highly concentrated, and even a mouthful could be a medical emergency for a child."

As with all products that pose a poison risk, The Palmetto Poison Center advises keeping them up high and out of the reach of children.

Should you suspect your child or anyone else has possibly ingested this e-cigarette liquid, or any other poisonous material, please contact the Palmetto Poison Center immediately at 800-222-1222.

This is a 24-hour national hotline number that will connect you with your local poison control center in very short order.
The hotline is free, confidential, and will provide poison treatment advice and information to all callers.

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