Deadly E-Cigarette Nicotine

Posted on Mar 24, 2014

Please share this with anyone who is using or thinking about using e-cigarettes and has children… This is extremely scary.

The liquid stimulant used in e-cigarettes, when ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting, seizures or death. CreditFrank Franklin II/Associated Press

Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

These “e-liquids,” the key ingredients in e-cigarettes, are powerful neurotoxins. Tiny amounts, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal. A teaspoon of even highly diluted e-liquid can kill a small child.

But, like e-cigarettes, e-liquids are not regulated by federal authorities. They are mixed on factory floors and in the back rooms of shops, and sold legally in stores and online in small bottles that are kept casually around the house for regular refilling of e-cigarettes.

“It’s not a matter of if a child will be seriously poisoned or killed,” said Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System and a professor of pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. “It’s a matter of when.”

Reports of accidental poisonings, many among children, increased 300% from 2012 to 2013 and are on track to double this year, according to the National Poison Data System.


  1. Kim Ridgway
    March 26, 2014

    My husband bought one. Went to a Vapor Lounge in a different town and they sold him a “better” cartridge. That cartridge gave him SO MUCH MORE vapor it was very noticeable from a bystander’s point of view. The next day he vomited all day and then the next day was broke out in hives from his neck and his back…down. He hasn’t picked it up since.

  2. Troy Elliott
    March 26, 2014

    Because it is literally liquid nicotine mixed with glycerin and flavoring.

    A small bottle 30-60ml has potentially just as much nicotine in it as a carton of cigarettes, because one bottle of the liquid should last you that long. If anyone thought that a child consuming a full bottle was a wise idea.. it isn’t, and is grossly negligent as a parent.

    I’ve vaped for a long time (years) and make sure the bottles stay far out of the reach of my children and thus have never caused problems. Keep the bottles out of reach of children just as you’d do with anything you wouldn’t want them to ingest. And use common sense when handling something that is a concentrate or solution that at the end of the day still contains nicotine.

    The original New York Times article is disingenuous and takes an alarmist’s position while only telling the ‘scary’ parts. In truth any item that is potentially consumed or inhaled can be dangerous, from water to gasoline. Use common sense, and judgement. I only order my e-liquid from vendors i trust and who readily tell me exactly what is going into the liquid I purchase from them. And I would NEVER order or buy items from someone who couldn’t guarantee exactly what is in the product I buy. That’s called being a smart consumer..

    I believe vaping to be a much MUCH safer alternative to smoking, and I have cut back tremendously since making the switch. This is just my opinion based on what I’ve read and researched. I feel better and my lungs have been much happier.

  3. jesse strope
    March 27, 2014

    Vomiting is from nicotine overdose witch can also come from too many cigarettes or chew thats y many people vomit the first time they try it. And of corse a child will die some day from accidentally ingestion but that is not for the government to regulate. Parents need to be parents and keep poisons and other harmful things away from their children

  4. michael pelate
    March 28, 2014

    I don’t think this is true the main ingredient in MOST e-liquids is propylene glycol which is in asthma breathers, baby wipes, pharmaceuticals and beauty products. im going to have to call BS unless better sources are cited. kim the most likely reason that happened to your husband is that he was getting a huge flood of nicotine due to the better “burn” rate of the new cartridge. Turn the voltage down on the battery or but one that’s adjustable.