A fatal case involving a baby is reported in Victoria, Australia after the infant was exposed to toxic levels of liquid nicotine from an e-cigarette.
The Victoria Coroner’s office is currently investigating the death of the baby after the child was allegedly exposed to lethal levels of liquid nicotine used in an e-cigarette.
The baby’s death has sparked international outrage as anti-tobacco and nicotine experts questioned the safety of e-cigarette
According to The Herald Sun, the Victoria Coroner’s office has confirmed that the death of the infant was caused by direct exposure to liquid nicotine.
While liquid nicotine is banned in Australia, users can still purchase it from international retailers and have the mail undetected
Quit Victoria, a local organisation focusing on helping smokers to quit smoking permanently has requested the government of Australia to crack down liquid nicotine use in the country.
The organisation’s director, Dr. Sarah White, said that the worrying trend of liquid nicotine use has increased dramatically over the last few years. “The big concern with the poisonings is the significant increase over the last two or three years — it is a real problem,” she said.
“Leaving aside any argument or discussion about smoking cessation or harm reduction, what we really need to happen is some basic consumer safety standards around these liquids,” she continued.
Research found that 76 out of 202 cigarette poisoning cases recorded in Australia involved children with 62 of them were infants
Unfortunately, this is not the first case where an infant dies after being exposed to lethal levels of liquid nicotine.
2-year-old Israeli girl passed away after she was exposed to her grandfather’s liquid nicotine in 2013. A similar case was also reported in the United States where a 1-year-old child died due to direct exposure of liquid nicotine.
While many smokers think that vaping is the alternative to regular cigarettes to quit smoking, experts say that it is just as addictive as traditional smoking as nicotine is present in both e-cigarette and regular cigarette.
Just like traditional smoking, vaping also causes second-hand effects as the aerosol from e-cigarettes contains harmful substances such as lead and heavy metals
Just one milliliter of liquid nicotine concentrate is enough to kill a child when it is ingested, inhaled or splashed in the eye.
There are three ways a child can be exposed to liquid nicotine. Here’s what you should know:
- Mouth: If the child is in direct contact with liquid nicotine even when it is put inside their mouth, the toxin from the liquid can be greatly absorbed by their mucous membrane
- Swallowing: Swallowing the liquid nicotine can further harm the child as it can be absorbed by their digestive tracks.
- Skin contact: Just like a nicotine patch, liquid nicotine can be absorbed through the skin. It only takes a few minutes for it to be lethal to a child.
Symptoms of cigarette poisoning can range from relatively mild including irritation of the eyes and skin, nausea and vomiting to life-threatening illnesses and death.