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New York toddler dies from nicotine liquid poisoning; 1 teaspoon can be lethal for a child

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Nicotine poisoning has claimed the life of a New York toddler.  The child ingested e-cigarette nicotine liquid.   Poisoning related to electronic smoking devices occurs by ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin. One teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, according to the American Association of Poison Control. The product hold be kept away from children and pets. 

The Centers for Disease Control issued a report earlier this year, showing that 215 calls were made to the Poison Center in February 2014 on e-cigarette liquid nicotine poisoning.  51.15 of the 215 calls were for children under 5 years of age and younger, and 42% involved people age 20 or older.  Calls to the Poison Center related to e-cigarette liquid nicotine are skyrocketing: in September 2010, only 1 call per month to the Poison Center were reported. 

New York State’s General Assembly recently voted through a bill that requires child-resistant containers on e-cigarette refills.